Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of ordinal
Meaning of ordinal by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Latin ordinalis, adjective formed from noun ordo, order, + adjective suffix -alis


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɔː( ɹ ).dɪ.nəl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɔːɹd.nəl/


    ordinal ( not comparable )

    1. Of a number, indicating position in a sequence .

    Derived terms

    Related terms

    Coordinate terms

    • nominal, cardinal, interval, ratio

    See also

    • Ordinal on Wikipedia .
    • Level of measurement on Wikipedia .


    ordinal ( plural: ordinals )

    1. An ordinal number such as first, second and third .
      The most common numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... — F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 6th ed. revised ( 2005 ), p97
    2. A book used in the ordination of Anglican ministers, or in certain Roman Catholic services


    • Lorinda

Explanation of ordinal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being or denoting a numerical order in a series

    2. ordinal numbers
      held an ordinal rank of seventh
    3. of or relating to a taxonomic order

    4. family and ordinal names of animals and plants
    1. the number designating place in an ordered sequence

    Definition of ordinal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ordinal a. [L. ordinalis, fr. ordo, ordinis, order. See Order.]
      1. Indicating order or succession; as, “the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, etc.” Contrasted to cardinal.

      2. Of or pertaining to an order.

    2. Ordinal, n.
      1. A word or number denoting order or succession.

      2. ( Ch. of Eng. ) The book of forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons.

      3. ( R. C. Ch. ) A book containing the rubrics of the Mass. [Written also ordinale.]