- an emotional bond between an infant or toddler and primary caregiver, a strong bond being vital for the child’s normal behavioral and social development.
- an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship: romantic attachment.
Origin of attachment
Synonyms for attachment
- the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
- the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
- a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
c.1400, "arrest of a person on judicial warrant" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from French attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else" dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.