Ordinance - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrdɪnəns|  American pronunciation of the word ordinance
Brit.  |ˈɔːdɪnəns|  British pronunciation of the word ordinance


- an authoritative rule (syn: regulation)
- a statute enacted by a city government
- the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders (syn: ordination)


The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.

...a local ordinance forbids all street parking during snowstorms...

a city ordinance that says parks must be closed at 11 p.m.

The town issued an ordinance that all dogs should be muzzled.

...an ordinance that requires dog walkers to remove their animal's excrement from city streets...

This ordinance was frequently by synecdoche spoken of as the Breaking of Bread.

the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance

Word forms

singular: ordinance
plural: ordinances
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