a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting; engagement: We made an appointment to meet again.
a meeting set for a specific time or place: I'm late for my appointment.
the act of appointing, designating, or placing in office: to fill a vacancy by appointment.
an office, position, or the like, to which a person is appointed: He received his appointment as ambassador to Italy.
Usually, appointments. equipment, furnishings, or accouterments.
appointments, accouterments for a soldier or a horse.
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 ).
Archaic. decree; ordinance.

1375–1425; late Middle English apoynt(e)ment < Middle French ap(p)ointement. See appoint, -ment

proappointment, adjective
reappointment, noun

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. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
appointment (əˈpɔɪntmənt)
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 plural) a fixture or fitting
6.  property law nomination to an interest in property under a deed or will

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "a pointing out," from O.Fr. apointment, from apointer (see appoint). Meaning "an arrangement to meet" is recorded from 1520s. Meaning "act of placing in office" is attested from 1650s.
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Idioms & Phrases


see make an appointment.

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Example sentences
The position is a full-time appointment with an initial and renewable term of
  three years.
Obviously, you can approach your own department for an appointment.
His appointment suggests that the school sees the need for a shake-up.
Musicians come from all over to play without appointment.
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