ordinal

1
[ awr-dn-uh l ]
/ ˈɔr dn əl /

adjective

of or relating to an order, as of animals or plants.
of or relating to order, rank, or position in a series.

noun

an ordinal number or numeral.

Nearby words

  1. orderly marketing agreement,
  2. orderly officer,
  3. orderly room,
  4. orders,
  5. orders, holy,
  6. ordinal number,
  7. ordinal numbers,
  8. ordinal scale,
  9. ordinance,
  10. ordinand

Origin of ordinal

1
1590–1600; < Late Latin ōrdinālis in order equivalent to Latin ōrdin- (stem of ōrdō) order + -ālis -al1

Related formsor·di·nal·ly, adverb

ordinal

2
[ awr-dn-uh l ]
/ ˈɔr dn əl /

noun

a directory of ecclesiastical services.
a book containing the forms for the ordination of priests, consecration of bishops, etc.

Origin of ordinal

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin ōrdināle, noun use of neuter of ōrdinālis in order. See ordinal1

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British Dictionary definitions for ordinal

ordinal

/ (ˈɔːdɪnəl) /

adjective

denoting a certain position in a sequence of numbers
of, relating to, or characteristic of an order in biological classification

noun

short for ordinal number
a book containing the forms of services for the ordination of ministers
RC Church a service book

Word Origin for ordinal

C14: (in the sense: orderly): from Late Latin ordinalis denoting order or place in a series, from Latin ordō order

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