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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

Examples from the Web for fixtures

Contemporary Examples of fixtures

Historical Examples of fixtures

  • There are no fixtures to men, if we appeal to consciousness.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • As a matter of fact, the only fixtures were the cook and second girl.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The amount of leakage is, therefore, in direct proportion to the number of fixtures.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • Between the soil-pipe and the fixtures a trap must be provided with a water-seal of about an inch.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • I must say that any mention of fixtures has always bored me intensely.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

British Dictionary definitions for fixtures


  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 fixtures



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper