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[uh-point-muh nt] /əˈpɔɪnt mənt/
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.
Origin of appointment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English apoynt(e)ment < Middle French ap(p)ointement. See appoint, -ment
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for appointment
  • 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.
  • Arriving empty-handed without an appointment is the height of rudeness, he grumbles.
  • Be sure to call for an appointment before you visit.
  • He had about eight months to come up with a good reason to cancel the appointment.
  • The appointment allows him to serve to the end of this year.
  • Rank of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Several weeks later she had her first outpatient appointment.
British Dictionary definitions for appointment


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

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.

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