or·​don·​nance ˌȯr-də-ˈnäⁿs How to pronounce ordonnance (audio)
: disposition of the parts (as of a literary composition) with regard to one another and the whole : arrangement

Examples of ordonnance in a Sentence

the novel's intricate ordonnance might not be apparent to the casual reader

Word History


French, alteration of Middle French ordenance ordinance

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ordonnance was in 1644

Dictionary Entries Near ordonnance

Cite this Entry

“Ordonnance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordonnance. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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