General English

  • noun a request to buy something, or the thing requested
  • noun a special way of organising things in a sequence
  • noun a situation in which rules or laws are obeyed without unrest or violence
  • verb to tell someone to do something
  • verb to ask for something to be served or to be sent

General Science

  • noun a classification of animals or plants, formed of several families
  • verb to direct or instruct someone to do something or that something be done or brought
  • verb to sort things into a particular sequence


  • noun the way in which records such as filing cards or invoices are arranged
  • noun an official request for goods to be supplied
  • noun a document which allows money to be paid to someone


  • noun an instruction given as a command by somebody in authority


  • verb to give an official request for something to be done or for something to be supplied


  • noun an item which has been ordered
  • verb to put in a certain way


  • verb to direct or instruct a person to do something
  • verb to sort data according to a key


  • noun the arrangement of a team’s batting resources, with regard to the order in which each player takes his turn to bat; the ‘order’ may be subdivided into the openers, the middle order, and the late order or ‘tail’
    Citation ‘Deep had been the consultation at supper as to the order of going in’ (Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s School Days 1857, ch 8)
    Citation ‘The Essex task was marginally eased by the absence of mark Davies, ninth in the order, who could not bat because of a shoulder injury’ (John Mason, Daily Telegraph 15 August 1984)
    Citation ‘He has regularly shouldered the burden at the top of the order, and occasionally done spectacularly well’ (Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo Magazine July 2006)


  • A logical sequence of events, elements, or things. Also, to place in such a sequence.
  • A specific manner in which successive events, elements, or things are organized.
  • A degree of quality or quantity utilized for classification, or within a hierarchy.


  • A trading term describing a direction by a trader to either buy or sell a currency pair, future or other asset. Other orders commonly used in trading are stop orders, executed when the currency pair or other asset has reached a certain price level, and spread orders, buying and selling two different futures or other assets simultaneously for a price differential.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to arrange things according to a system


  • noun a general state of calm, where everything is working as planned and ruled


  • noun a position or sequence in which things or events are arranged
  • noun a style of dress or equipment


  • noun an official statement asking someone to do something
  • noun the arrangement of business in the House of Commons.
  • noun a general social or political situation at a particular time


  • noun a state of neatness and tidiness or a logical arrangement of things such as records, filing cards or invoices
  • noun food or drink which a customer has asked for in a restaurant

Origin & History of “order”

Order comes via Old French ordre from Latin ōrdō. this originally denoted a ‘row, line, series, or other regular arrangement’, but it spawned a lot of other metaphorical meanings that have also come through into English, including ‘regularity’ and (from the general notion of a ‘rank’ or ‘class’) ‘ecclesiastical rank or office’ (preserved in English in ‘holy orders’ and in the derivatives ordain (13th c.) and ordination (15th c.)). The sense ‘command, directive’, first recorded in English in the mid-16th century, presumably comes from the notion of ‘keeping in order’. Other derivatives of ōrdō are represented by ordinance (14th c.) and ordinary.