[in-sti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-]


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

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Contemporary Examples of institution

Historical Examples of institution

  • I did not tell you of it at the time, but led you to suppose that I had been at the institution.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • The truth was, a boy meant just so much a year to the institution.

  • And this was strange, since the Italian restaurant is such a peculiarly British institution.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • I was received into the institution without any difficulty, and have belonged to it ever since.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • So let us hasten to this institution, and participate this divine joy.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper