[ pleys-muh nt ]
/ ˈpleɪs mənt /


the act of placing.
the state of being placed.
the act of an employment office or employer in filling a position.
location; arrangement: the placement of furniture.
  1. the placing of the ball on the ground in attempting a place kick.
  2. the position of the ball.
  3. a place kick.
  4. a score made by a place kick: Jones made 43 consecutive placements last season.
(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) a winning shot in which the ball or shuttlecock is so hit that one's opponent is unable to return it.

Nearby words

  1. placebo effect,
  2. placeholder,
  3. placeless,
  4. placeman,
  5. placemat,
  6. placement test,
  7. placename,
  8. placenta,
  9. placenta accreta,
  10. placenta circumvallata

Origin of placement

First recorded in 1835–45; place + -ment

Related formspre·place·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for placement


/ (ˈpleɪsmənt) /


the act of placing or the state of being placed
arrangement or position
the process or business of finding employment
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Word Origin and History for placement



1835, from place (v.) + -ment.

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