Definition of orderly in English:


Line breaks: or|der¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːd(ə)li


  • 2 [attributive] Military Charged with the conveyance or execution of orders: the orderly sergeant
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    • Michael quickly rose through the ranks as orderly sergeant, first lieutenant and captain.

noun (plural orderlies)

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  • 1An attendant in a hospital responsible for the non-medical care of patients and the maintenance of order and cleanliness.
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    • The agreement covers staff working in various roles such as orderlies, patient care assistants, kitchen staff, catering attendants and gardeners.
    • The enlisted men had been trained in Philadelphia hospitals and served as orderlies in wards, ORs, laboratories, and x-ray departments.
    • In the middle of the procession, a hospital orderly pushed a wheelchair.
  • 2A soldier who carries orders or performs minor tasks for an officer.
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    • They had served in the field as nurses and ambulance drivers and performed military support roles as cooks and orderlies, clerical workers, telephonists, and signallers.
    • On 7 November 1919 barrack orderlies were instructed to carry revolvers.
    • He established guards for his artillery trains and directed that a liaison orderly be sent from each battery to brigade headquarters.



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  • How can orderliness and organization be a method to achieve spirituality?
  • She loved Ty, but she never got his organization and orderliness.
  • Despite the theoretical orderliness of the hierarchy, extraordinarily complex and difficult relationships have evolved within many of the ministries.

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