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appointment

[uh-point-muh nt] /əˈpɔɪnt mənt/
noun
1.
a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting; engagement:
We made an appointment to meet again.
2.
a meeting set for a specific time or place:
I'm late for my appointment.
3.
the act of appointing, designating, or placing in office:
to fill a vacancy by appointment.
4.
an office, position, or the like, to which a person is appointed:
He received his appointment as ambassador to Italy.
5.
Usually, appointments. equipment, furnishings, or accouterments.
6.
appointments, accouterments for a soldier or a horse.
7.
Manège. a horse-show class in which the contestant need not be a member of a hunt but must wear regulation hunt livery.
Compare Corinthian (def 9).
8.
Archaic. decree; ordinance.
Origin of appointment
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English apoynt(e)ment < Middle French ap(p)ointement. See appoint, -ment
Related forms
proappointment, adjective
reappointment, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. assignation, rendezvous, tryst, date. 4. Appointment, office, post, station all refer to kinds of duty or employment. Appointment refers to a position to which one is assigned, as by a high government official. Office often suggests a position of trust or authority. Post is usually restricted to a military or other public position, as of a diplomat, although it may also refer to a teaching position. Both post and station may refer to the place where a person is assigned to work.
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Examples from the Web for appointment
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  • That's why I come, lest this appointment should ha' proved a pitfall to you.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • But the fact is I've got an appointment late this afternoon.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "Two days hence I have an appointment with la Peyrade," said Cerizet.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • I kept the appointment, and I found the lady even more beautiful than the Venetian's praises of her had led me to expect.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for appointment

appointment

/əˈpɔɪntmənt/
noun
1.
an arrangement to meet a person or be at a place at a certain time
2.
the act of placing in a job or position
3.
the person who receives such a job or position
4.
the job or position to which such a person is appointed
5.
(usually pl) a fixture or fitting
6.
(property law) nomination to an interest in property under a deed or will
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Word Origin and History for appointment
n.

early 15c., "an agreement," also "a fixing of a date for official business," from Middle French apointement, from apointer (see appoint). Meaning "act of placing in office" is attested from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with appointment

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