general order

noun Military. Usually general orders.

any one of a set of permanent orders from a headquarters establishing policy for a command or announcing official acts.
any one of a set of permanent orders governing the duties and behavior of sentries on routine guard duty.

Nearby words

  1. general linguistics,
  2. general of the air force,
  3. general of the armies,
  4. general of the army,
  5. general officer,
  6. general paralysis,
  7. general paralysis of the insane,
  8. general paresis,
  9. general partner,
  10. general partnership

Compare special order.

Origin of general order

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019