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  1. something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.: a light fixture; kitchen fixtures.
  2. a person or thing long established in the same place or position.
  3. Machinery.
    1. any of various devices for holding work in a machine tool, especially one for machining in a straight line, as in a planer or milling machine.
    2. any of various devices for holding parts in certain positions during welding, assembly, etc.
  4. Law. a movable chattel, as a machine or heating plant, that, by reason of annexation to real property and adaptation to continuing use in connection with the realty, is considered a part of the realty.
  5. Fox Hunting. one of a series of meets scheduled by a hunt to take place at a time and location listed on a card (fixture card) that is sent, usually once a month, to each member of a hunt.
  6. the act of fixing.
  7. British. an event that takes place regularly.

Origin of fixture

1590–1600; variant of obsolete fixure (< Late Latin fixūra; see fix, -ure), with -t- from mixture
Related formsfix·ture·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of fixture

Historical Examples of fixture

  • The door was no more a part and fixture of that home than she was.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • We then get a more definite idea of the nut, which was in most cases a fixture.

  • Dinner alone was a "fixture;" everything else was at the caprice of each.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • To be sure, everybody spoke to him as though he were a fixture in the land.

  • She regarded herself, as did all the better-class employees, as a fixture.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for fixture


  1. an object firmly fixed in place, esp a household appliance
  2. a person or thing regarded as fixed in a particular place or position
  3. property law an article attached to land and regarded as part of it
  4. a device to secure a workpiece in a machine tool
  5. mainly British
    1. a sports match or social occasion
    2. the date of such an event
  6. rare the act of fixing
Derived Formsfixtureless, adjective

Word Origin for fixture

C17: from Late Latin fixūra a fastening (with -t- by analogy with mixture)
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Word Origin and History for fixture

1590s, "act of fixing," perhaps from fix (v.) on model of mixture. Meaning "anything fixed or securely fastened" is from 1812.

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