[awr-dn-uh ns; French awr-daw-nahns]
- the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work.
- an ordinance, decree, or law.
Origin of ordonnance
1635–45; < French, alteration of Old French ordenance ordinance, by influence of donner to give
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Examples from the Web for ordonnance
The Ordonnance as printed by Laurire and Isambert is of 1287.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II
Henry Charles Lea
Three Taitsi rode off to present the ordonnance to the Kitats.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
On the 27th this ordonnance was confirmed in Parliament amidst loud cheers.Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)
In the general arrangement, in the ordonnance, late Gothic caprice and fantastic love of the unforeseen rule triumphant.
French law was codified in the 17th century by the “Ordonnance de 1673.”
- the proper disposition of the elements of a building or an artistic or literary composition
- an ordinance, law, or decree, esp in French law
C17: from Old French ordenance arrangement, influenced by ordonner to order