[awr-dn-ey-shuh n]


Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining.
the fact or state of being ordained.
a decreeing.
the act of arranging.
the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.

Origin of ordination

1350–1400; Middle English ordinacioun < Late Latin ōrdinātiō ordainment, Latin: a putting in order, appointment, equivalent to ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (derivative of ōrdō, stem ōrdin-, order) + -tiō -tion
Related formsnon·or·di·na·tion, nounpost·or·di·na·tion, adjective
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  • Then they had gone back to their places to await the ordination.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • There, indeed, lay Clarimonde, even as I had seen her at the church on the day of my ordination.


    Thophile Gautier

  • We ought to study adaptation in the selection and ordination of ruling them.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles

  • His colleague Mr. Gannett was gone to an Ordination at Buffalo.

  • At the close of the ordination the blessing from the new priest began.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

British Dictionary definitions for ordination



  1. the act of conferring holy orders
  2. the reception of holy orders
the condition of being ordained or regulated
an arrangement or order
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Word Origin and History for ordination

early 15c., "the act of conferring holy orders," from Old French ordinacion (12c.) or directly from Latin ordinationem (nominative ordinatio) "a setting in order, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of ordinare "arrange" (see ordain).

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