- of or relating to an order, as of animals or plants.
- of or relating to order, rank, or position in a series.
- an ordinal number or numeral.
Origin of ordinal1
- a directory of ecclesiastical services.
- a book containing the forms for the ordination of priests, consecration of bishops, etc.
Origin of ordinal2
Examples from the Web for ordinal
Phauloptera: an ordinal term for the scale insects (Laporte 1835).Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Ordinal—That form of the numeral that shows the order of anything in a series.Capitals
Frederick W. Hamilton
If the ordinal expression of number be used on the title-page, the figures may be given, and the ordinal termination omitted.
An 'ordinal' is a book showing the order of church services and ceremonies.
Ordinal numerals are adjectives which answer the question "Which in order?"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto
Ivy Kellerman Reed
- denoting a certain position in a sequence of numbers
- of, relating to, or characteristic of an order in biological classification
- short for ordinal number
- a book containing the forms of services for the ordination of ministers
- RC Church a service book
Word Origin and History for ordinal
early 14c., "book setting forth the order of services in the Church," from Late Latin adjective ordinalis (see ordinal (adj.)).
late 14c., "regular, ordinary," from Old French ordinel and directly from Late Latin ordinalis ""showing order, denoting an order of succession," from Latin ordo (genitive ordinis) "row, series" (see order (n.)). Meaning "marking position in an order or series" is from 1590s.