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The word ordonnance (French ordonnance : 'order', 'order') has in:

military language usage at different times has different meanings (and / or composition):

  • the battle line-up of armies, especially the infantry in the 16th and 17th centuries, see Ordonnanz (battle rules)
  • the regulations for equipping military units, see rule (guideline)
  • a weapon given to soldiers as personal equipment, see Ordonnanzwaffe
  • the list of food to which the soldiers are entitled, see food order
  • a mostly younger officer who is assigned to a higher-ranking officer in a prominent position for special use, see Ordonnanzoffizier
  • a soldier assigned to serve as a waiter in the officers' and non-commissioned officers' quarters , see officers' mess
  • a soldier who is personally assisted by an officer, see officer boy
  • In Switzerland the name for all official items of equipment, see orderly material

the following meanings in the
non-military sector:

  • Ordonnance royale , decree of the kings or regents of France before the revolution of 1789 (in contrast to the edict ) and after the final abdication of Napoleon in 1815.
  • Legal norm with similar value in Belgium, which was passed by the parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region (French ordonnance , Dutch ordonnantie ).
  • Ordinances , a compilation of legal ordinances during the reign of King Edward II of England.

See also:

Wiktionary: Ordonnance  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations