[ ri-pleys-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈpleɪs mənt /


the act of replacing.
a person or thing that replaces another: summer replacements for vacationing staff; a replacement for a broken dish.
Military. a sailor, soldier, or airman assigned to fill a vacancy in a military unit.
Also called metasomatism. Geology. the process of practically simultaneous removal and deposition by which a new mineral grows in the body of an old one.

Nearby words

  1. repine,
  2. repique,
  3. repl.,
  4. replace,
  5. replaceable,
  6. replacement therapy,
  7. replant,
  8. replantation,
  9. replay,
  10. repleader

Origin of replacement

First recorded in 1780–90; replace + -ment

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

Examples from the Web for replacement

British Dictionary definitions for replacement


/ (rɪˈpleɪsmənt) /


the act or process of replacing
a person or thing that replaces another
geology the growth of a mineral within another of different chemical composition by gradual simultaneous deposition and removal
a process of fossilization by gradual substitution of mineral matter for the original organic matterAlso called: petrification
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for replacement



"act or fact of being replaced," 1790, from replace (v.) + -ment. Meaning "something that replaces another" is attested from 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper