[in-sti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-]


Nearby words

  1. instinctively,
  2. instinctual,
  3. institute,
  4. instituter,
  5. institutes,
  6. institutional,
  7. institutional investor,
  8. institutionalism,
  9. institutionalization,
  10. institutionalize

Origin of institution

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin institūtiōn- (stem of institūtiō). See institute, -ion

Related formscoun·ter·in·sti·tu·tion, nounnon·in·sti·tu·tion, nounre·in·sti·tu·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for institution

British Dictionary definitions for institution



the act of instituting
an organization or establishment founded for a specific purpose, such as a hospital, church, company, or college
the building where such an organization is situated
an established custom, law, or relationship in a society or community
Also called: institutional investor a large organization, such as an insurance company, bank, or pension fund, that has substantial sums to invest on a stock exchange
informal a constant feature or practiceJones' drink at the bar was an institution
the appointment or admission of an incumbent to an ecclesiastical office or pastoral charge
Christian theol the creation of a sacrament by Christ, esp the Eucharist
Derived Formsinstitutionary, adjective

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Word Origin and History for institution



c.1400, "action of establishing or founding (a system of government, a religious order, etc.)," from Old French institucion "foundation; thing established," from Latin institutionem (nominative institutio) "disposition, arrangement; instruction, education," noun of state from institutus (see institute). Meaning "established law or practice" is from 1550s. Meaning "establishment or organization for the promotion of some charity" is from 1707.

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