[uh-reynj-muh nt]


an act of arranging; state of being arranged.
the manner or way in which things are arranged: a tactful arrangement of the seating at dinner.
a final settlement; adjustment by agreement: The arrangement with the rebels lasted only two weeks.
Usually arrangements. preparatory measures; plans; preparations: They made arrangements for an early departure.
something arranged in a particular way: a floral arrangement; the arrangement of chairs for the seminar.
  1. the adaptation of a composition to voices or instruments, or to a new purpose.
  2. a piece so adapted.


    final arrangements, the planning or scheduling of funeral services and burial: Final arrangements are still pending.

Origin of arrangement

From French, dating back to 1720–30; see origin at arrange, -ment
Related formsre·ar·range·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arrangement



the act of arranging or being arranged
the form in which things are arrangedhe altered the arrangement of furniture in the room
a thing composed of various ordered parts; the result of arranginga flower arrangement
(often plural) a preparatory measure taken or plan made; preparation
an agreement or settlement; understanding
an adaptation of a piece of music for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments from those for which it was originally composed
an adaptation (of a play, etc) for broadcasting
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Word Origin and History for arrangement

1727, from French arrangement, from arranger "arrange" (see arrange).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper