# Definition:Ordinal/Notation

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## Notation for Ordinal

The class of all ordinals can be found denoted $\On$.

In order to indicate that a set $S$ is an **ordinal**, this notation is often seen:

- $\Ord S$

whose meaning is:

**$S$ is an ordinal.**

Thus $\operatorname {Ord}$ can be used as a propositional function whose domain is the class of all sets.

According to 1993: Keith Devlin: *The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory* (2nd ed.), it is common practice in set theory to use lowercase Greek letters $\alpha, \ \beta, \ \gamma, \ldots$ for **ordinals**.

## Sources

- 1993: Keith Devlin:
*The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1$: Naive Set Theory: $\S 1.7$: Well-Orderings and Ordinals