(noun, adjective, adverb)


1. peaceful; well-behaved.

- an orderly crowd confronted the president

2. clean or organized; tidy.

Similar word(s): tidy, neat

Sentences with orderly as an adjective:

- He has always kept an orderly kitchen, with nothing out of place.

- We live in an orderly universe, where rules govern both the movements of planets and the binding of molecules.

- An orderly gathering of citizens stood on the corner awaiting the bus.


1. (now rare) According to good order or practice; appropriately, in a well-behaved way. [from 15th c.]

2. (obsolete) In order; in a particular order or succession; with a suitable arrangement. [15th-19th c.]


1. a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer

- the orderly laid out the general's uniform

Definition categories: person, attendant, attender, tender, soldier

2. a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients

Definition categories: person, attendant, attender, tender