Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Free from disorder; neat or well-arranged.
  • adjective Having a systematic arrangement.
  • adjective Given to keeping things neat or well-arranged.
  • adjective Adhering or conforming to a method or system.
  • adjective Devoid of violence or disruption; peaceful.
  • noun An attendant who does routine, nonmedical work in a hospital.
  • noun A soldier assigned to attend and perform various tasks for a superior officer.
  • adverb Systematically; regularly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • According to due order; regularly; duly; properly; decorously.
  • Conformed or conforming to good order or arrangement; characterized by method or regularity, or by conformity to established order; regular; methodical; harmonious.
  • In accordance with established regulations; duly authorized.
  • Observant of rule or discipline; not unruly; without uproar; deliberate; peaceful or proper in behavior.
  • Milit., of or pertaining to orders, or to the communication or execution of orders; on duty: as, orderly drummer; orderly room.
  • Peaceable, quiet, well-behaved.
  • noun A private soldier or a non-commissioned officer who attends on a superior officer to carry orders or messages.
  • noun An attendant in a ward of a hospital whose duty it is to keep order among the patients, see to their wants, preserve cleanliness, etc.
  • noun One who keeps things in order generally and preserves neatness. See the quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) A noncommissioned officer or soldier who attends a superior officer to carry his orders, or to render other service.
  • noun engraving A street sweeper.
  • adverb According to due order; regularly; methodically; duly.
  • adjective Conformed to order; in order; regular.
  • adjective Observant of order, authority, or rule; hence, obedient; quiet; peaceable; not unruly
  • adjective Performed in good or established order; well-regulated.
  • adjective Being on duty; keeping order; conveying orders.
  • adjective (Mil.) a book for every company, in which the general and regimental orders are recorded.
  • adjective the officer of the day, or that officer of a corps or regiment whose turn it is to supervise for the day the arrangements for food, cleanliness, etc.
  • adjective The office of the commanding officer, usually in the barracks, whence orders emanate.
  • adjective the first sergeant of a company.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Neat and tidy; possessing order.
  • adjective Methodical or systematic.
  • adjective Peaceful; well-behaved.
  • noun A hospital attendant given a variety of non-medical duties.
  • noun A soldier who carries out minor tasks for a superior officer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective devoid of violence or disruption
  • noun a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer
  • adjective clean or organized
  • noun a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From order +‎ -ly.

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