[ shawrt-awr-der ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌɔr dər /


of, relating to, or specializing in short orders: a short-order cook; short-order diner.
performed or supplied quickly: They obtained a short-order divorce decree.

Origin of short-order

First recorded in 1900–05

Definition for short-order (2 of 2)

short order


a dish or serving of food that is quickly prepared upon request at a lunch counter.

Origin of short order

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for short-order

short order


mainly US and Canadian
  1. food that is easily and quickly prepared
  2. (as modifier)short-order counter
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Idioms and Phrases with short-order

short order


Quickly; see in short order.


An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in short-order cook, a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.

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