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[ uh-point-muhnt ]


  1. a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting; engagement:

    We made an appointment to meet again.

    Synonyms: date, tryst, rendezvous, assignation

  2. a meeting set for a specific time or place:

    I'm late for my appointment.

    Synonyms: date, tryst, rendezvous, assignation

  3. the act of appointing, designating, or placing in office:

    to fill a vacancy by appointment.

  4. an office, position, or the like, to which a person is appointed:

    He received his appointment as ambassador to Italy.

  5. Usually appointments. equipment, furnishings, or accouterments.
  6. appointments, accouterments for a soldier or a horse.
  7. 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 ).
  8. Archaic. decree; ordinance.


/ əˈpɔɪntmənt /


  1. an arrangement to meet a person or be at a place at a certain time
  2. the act of placing in a job or position
  3. the person who receives such a job or position
  4. the job or position to which such a person is appointed
  5. usually plural a fixture or fitting
  6. property law nomination to an interest in property under a deed or will

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Other Words From

  • proap·pointment adjective
  • reap·pointment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of appointment1

1375–1425; late Middle English apoynt ( e ) ment < Middle French ap ( p ) ointement. See appoint, -ment

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Idioms and Phrases

see make an appointment .

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

He circled back later to the idea that he might build a website to help more people find appointments.

Patients could register for a slot—either online or with someone who comes to their home—and then wait to be picked for an appointment.

In the District, Nesbitt said, Giant pharmacies will be receiving some doses and will schedule appointments through the city’s website.

Holding clinics on church grounds can make getting the vaccine easier for people who do not have the ability to drive to a mass vaccination clinic or who have trouble getting online to check and recheck websites, hoping for an appointment.

Her voice cracked as she described waiting in a 400-person phone queue to sign up for a shot, only to be told all appointments were taken and she couldn’t even leave her name.

He said the news of his appointment was not true, that it was disinformation spread by “some intelligence agency and my rivals.”

Jessen was named a Mormon bishop, but the appointment was met with vocal protests.

Sharpton noted that otherwise some of their mutual detractors might suggest that he had played a role in the appointment.

The appointment of Klain to lead the effort is giving the public what it wants—but not what it needs.

The appointment of the new Ebola czar comes after Republicans began demanding a White House point person on the threat.

She was helpless, because she had said nothing all day of her appointment, and because Janet had not mentioned it either.

Having seen no service, he owed his appointment largely to his conceit and good looks.

As an M.P. you are duly qualified to accept any appointment under the Crown when the Government ask you.

A test examination would follow of a perfunctory character, and an intimation of your appointment would be the sequel.

This alone could hinder the execution of his appointment, for in other things he has excellent qualifications for the dignity.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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