Definition of old order in US English:

old order


  • 1Usually with the. An old or outmoded method or system of doing things; specifically an old regime or government.

  • 2The order of the Mennonite church which most strictly observes the oldest forms of worship and preserves the most conservative codes of behaviour, dress, etc. Chiefly in the names of various sects of the Mennonite church in the United States; frequently attributive in "Old Order Amish", "Old Order Brethren", "Old Order Mennonite", etc.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From old + order.


old order

/ˌəʊl(d) ˈɔːdə/