installment

1

or in·stal·ment

[in-stawl-muh nt]

noun

any of several parts into which a debt or other sum payable is divided for payment at successive fixed times: to pay for furniture in monthly installments.
a single portion of something furnished or issued by parts at successive times: a magazine serial in six installments.

Nearby words

  1. instal,
  2. install,
  3. installant,
  4. installation,
  5. installation art,
  6. installment buying,
  7. installment plan,
  8. instalment,
  9. instamatic,
  10. instance

Origin of installment

1
1725–35; in-2 + obsolete (e)stallment, equivalent to estall to arrange payment on an installment plan (perhaps < Anglo-French) + -ment

Related formsre·in·stal·ment, noun

installment

2

or in·stal·ment

[in-stawl-muh nt]

noun

the act of installing.
the fact of being installed; installation.

Origin of installment

2
First recorded in 1580–90; install + -ment

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Word Origin and History for installment

installment

n.

"act of installing," 1580s, from install + -ment. Meaning "arrangement of payment by fixed portions at fixed times" is from 1732, alteration of Anglo-French estaler "fix payments," from Old French estal "fixed position," from Old High German stal "standing place" (see stall (n.1)). Figurative sense of "part of a whole produced in advance of the rest" is from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper