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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.
Synonym Study
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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  • Thompson came early on the following day, punctual to his appointment.

  • But the fact is I've got an appointment late this afternoon.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Mr. Roebuck gave notice of the appointment of his committee.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • After a while he remembered his appointment with Katherine at three o'clock.

    Viviette William J. Locke
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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