or·​dre | \ ˈȯr-drə How to pronounce ordre (audio) \
plural ordres

Definition of ordre

: a set or suite of short pieces for harpsichord or ensemble in 18th-century France An ordre often began with several pieces in the style of an allemande, courante and sarabande, but mostly contained descriptive pieces with fanciful titles.— John Gillespie, Five Centuries of Keyboard Music, 1965

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First Known Use of ordre

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Ordre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordre. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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