installment

1

or in·stal·ment

[ in-stawl-muh nt ]
/ ɪnˈstɔl mənt /
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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.

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

Definition for instalment (2 of 2)

installment

2

or in·stal·ment

[ in-stawl-muh nt ]
/ ɪnˈstɔl mənt /

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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British Dictionary definitions for instalment (1 of 2)

instalment

1

US installment

/ (ɪnˈstɔːlmənt) /

noun

one of the portions, usually equal, into which a debt is divided for payment at specified intervals over a fixed period
a portion of something that is issued, broadcast, or published in parts, such as a serial in a magazine

Word Origin for instalment

C18: from obsolete estallment, probably from Old French estaler to fix, hence to agree rate of payment, from estal something fixed, place, from Old High German stal stall 1

British Dictionary definitions for instalment (2 of 2)

instalment

2

US installment

/ (ɪnˈstɔːlmənt) /

noun

another word for installation (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for instalment

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.

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