ordinal

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[awr-dn-uh l]
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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.

Origin of ordinal

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1590–1600; < Late Latin ōrdinālis in order equivalent to Latin ōrdin- (stem of ōrdō) order + -ālis -al1
Related formsor·di·nal·ly, adverb
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ordinal

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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Word Origin and History for ordinally

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.

ordinal

n.

early 14c., "book setting forth the order of services in the Church," from Late Latin adjective ordinalis (see ordinal (adj.)).

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