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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.

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Origin of general order

First recorded in 1865–70
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