[ uh-cheev-muhnt ]
/ əˈtʃiv mənt /


something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed: his remarkable achievements in art.
the act of achieving; attainment or accomplishment: the achievement of one's object.
Heraldry. the full display of the armorial bearings of an individual or corporation.
Digital Technology. a title or icon associated with a user profile or account that indicates the person's skill or rank in an online community, especially on a gaming platform.

Nearby words

  1. acheulean,
  2. acheulian,
  3. achievable,
  4. achieve,
  5. achieved status,
  6. achievement age,
  7. achievement quotient,
  8. achievement test,
  9. achiever,
  10. achilary

Origin of achievement

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French achevement conclusion. See achieve, -ment

Related formssu·per·a·chieve·ment, noun

Synonym study

1. Achievement, exploit, feat are terms for a noteworthy act. Achievement connotes final accomplishment of something noteworthy, after much effort and often in spite of obstacles and discouragements: a scientific achievement. Exploit connotes boldness, bravery, and usually ingenuity: the famous exploit of an aviator. Feat connotes the performance of something difficult, generally demanding skill and strength: a feat of horsemanship. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for achievement


/ (əˈtʃiːvmənt) /


something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism
successful completion; accomplishment
heraldry a less common word for hatchment
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Word Origin and History for achievement



late 15c., "act of completing" (something), from Middle French achèvement "a finishing," noun of action from Old French achever (see achieve). Meaning "thing achieved" is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper