What an inauguration is to a president, an ordination is to a religious authority. It's the ceremony of bestowing a person with a position of religious authority — as when someone becomes a priest, minister, or shaman.

The noun ordination comes from the Latin word ordinare, meaning “put in order.” Becoming a religious leader usually requires training in a seminary followed by an ordination. On the other hand, the ordination of a monarch is a ceremony in which a King’s or Queen’s divine right to rule the country, which was historically considered a birth right, is asserted and initiated without any seminary courses required.

Primary Meanings of ordination

the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
Full Definitions of ordination

n the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

“the rabbi's family was present for his ordination
laying on of hands
laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
Type of:
appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

n the status of being ordained to a sacred office

Type of:
position, status
the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

n logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

order, ordering
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bacteria order
an order of bacteria
word order
the order of words in a text
genetic code
the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism; the full DNA sequence of an organism
similar things placed in order or happening one after another
Stations, Stations of the Cross
(Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
chain, concatenation
a series of things depending on each other as if linked together
a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
course, line
a connected series of events or actions or developments
a series of poems or songs on the same theme
electrochemical series, electromotive force series, electromotive series
a serial arrangement of metallic elements or ions according to their electrode potentials determined under specified conditions; the order shows the tendency of one metal to reduce the ions of any other metal below it in the series
a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
triplet code
the normal version of the genetic code in which a sequence of three nucleotides codes for the synthesis of a specific amino acid
a connected series or group
patterned advance, progression
a series with a definite pattern of advance
blizzard, rash
a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences
serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
string, train
a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
a group of people or things arranged or following in order
wave train
a succession of waves spaced at regular intervals
helium group
the series of inert gases
actinide series
(chemistry) a series of 15 radioactive elements with increasing atomic numbers from actinium to lawrencium
lanthanide series
the rare-earth elements with atomic numbers 57 through 71; having properties similar to lanthanum
Type of:
an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

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