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[in-stawl-muh nt] /ɪnˈstɔl mənt/
any of several parts into which a debt or other sum payable is divided for payment at successive fixed times:
to pay for furniture in monthly installments.
a single portion of something furnished or issued by parts at successive times:
a magazine serial in six installments.
Also, instalment.
Origin of installment1
1725-35; in-2 + obsolete (e)stallment, equivalent to estall to arrange payment on an installment plan (perhaps < Anglo-French) + -ment
Related forms
reinstalment, noun


[in-stawl-muh nt] /ɪnˈstɔl mənt/
the act of installing.
the fact of being installed; installation.
Also, instalment.
1580-90; install + -ment Unabridged
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Examples from the web for installment
  • The director left things open for a fourth installment, but mercifully the series was left to wither.
  • Still, the third film was enough of a success that a fourth installment was put into development.
  • The borrowing had taken the form of mortgage debt on homes and commercial buildings, consumer installment debt, and foreign debt.
  • As supply grew, prices dropped, and automakers offered installment plans to make purchasing cars easier.
  • In this first installment, it makes sense to talk about what sabbaticals are and offer a few tips on how to apply for one.
  • The next installment, not due for several years, will bring the story up to the present.
  • Looking forward to reading the next installment of this topic.
  • Another installment of that story has been published.
  • Mattresses were carried into apartments to replace the second-hand or overused ones purchased on installment.
  • The latest installment of a highly popular magazine franchise.
British Dictionary definitions for installment


one of the portions, usually equal, into which a debt is divided for payment at specified intervals over a fixed period
a portion of something that is issued, broadcast, or published in parts, such as a serial in a magazine
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete estallment, probably from Old French estaler to fix, hence to agree rate of payment, from estal something fixed, place, from Old High German stalstall1


another word for installation (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for installment

"act of installing," 1580s, from install + -ment. Meaning "arrangement of payment by fixed portions at fixed times" is from 1732, alteration of Anglo-French estaler "fix payments," from Old French estal "fixed position," from Old High German stal "standing place" (see stall (n.1)). Figurative sense of "part of a whole produced in advance of the rest" is from 1823.

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