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A methodical arrangement of things; a body of persons, as a group united by a common bond and living under common religious or social regulations; a grade in the Christian ministry; a single choir in the angelic hierarchy; a fraternity or society; a prescribed form of service as Order in the Mass, and a group of persons of the same occupation, profession, guild membership, or confraternity. (Etym. Latin ordo, array, row, rank.)