[awr-dn-uh ns; French awr-daw-nahns]
noun, plural or·don·nanc·es [awr-dn-uh n-siz; French awr-daw-nahns] /ˈɔr dn ən sɪz; French ɔr dɔˈnɑ̃s/.
  1. the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work.
  2. an ordinance, decree, or law.

Origin of ordonnance

1635–45; < French, alteration of Old French ordenance ordinance, by influence of donner to give
Related formsor·don·nant, adjective
Can be confusedordinance ordnance ordonnance
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  1. the proper disposition of the elements of a building or an artistic or literary composition
  2. an ordinance, law, or decree, esp in French law

Word Origin for ordonnance

C17: from Old French ordenance arrangement, influenced by ordonner to order
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