- 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 installment1
Origin of installment2
Examples from the Web for instalment
The next day the first instalment of rifles was surrendered.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Each loss is but an instalment of the grand total of his ruin, and you have contracted for that.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
Here was probably an instalment of much with which he was destined to meet that day.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
It was one evening about two months after his instalment at Blodgett's.The Lovely Lady
There was a second instalment of the price which had to be paid to a Quebec bank.That Stick
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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
- another word for installation (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for instalment
"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.