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appointment

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noun
  1. a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting; engagement: We made an appointment to meet again.
  2. a meeting set for a specific time or place: I'm late for my appointment.
  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.
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Origin of appointment

1375–1425; late Middle English apoynt(e)ment < Middle French ap(p)ointement. See appoint, -ment
Related formspro·ap·point·ment, adjectivere·ap·point·ment, noun

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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.
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Examples from the Web for appointment

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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

appointment

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for appointment

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with appointment

appointment

see make an appointment.

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