[ uh-tach-muhnt ]
/ əˈtætʃ mənt /


Nearby words

  1. attach,
  2. attachable,
  3. attache,
  4. attached,
  5. attached gingiva,
  6. attachment disorder,
  7. attachment of earnings,
  8. attachment parenting,
  9. attachment theory,
  10. attaché

Origin of attachment

1400–50; late Middle English attachement seizure < Anglo-French. See attach, -ment

Related forms

Synonym study

5. See addition. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attachment

British Dictionary definitions for attachment


/ (əˈtætʃmənt) /


a means of securing; a fastening
(often foll by to) affection or regard (for); devotion (to)attachment to a person or to a cause
an object to be attached, esp a supplementary partan attachment for an electric drill
the act of attaching or the state of being attached
  1. the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
  2. the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
  3. a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
law the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court
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Word Origin and History for attachment



c.1400, "arrest of a person on judicial warrant" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from French attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else" dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper