Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for appointment
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • That's why I come, lest this appointment should ha' proved a pitfall to you.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • However, he had done so, and the appointment was made, so there was no more to be said.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "Two days hence I have an appointment with la Peyrade," said Cerizet.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • He seized his telephone and made an appointment to call at once on Bivens.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with appointment


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for appointment

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for appointment

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for appointment