general order

nounMilitary.Usually general orders .
  1. any one of a set of permanent orders from a headquarters establishing policy for a command or announcing official acts.

  2. any one of a set of permanent orders governing the duties and behavior of sentries on routine guard duty.

Origin of general order

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby general order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use general order in a sentence

  • The troops were making preparations to burn the house, acting on the general order, which had not been cancelled.

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  • Man himself is subject to this general order; for he also, like other creatures, returns to the dust from whence he was taken.

  • Abdul Kerim had received a general order to buy all the sheep he could procure, so he took them.