ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio) \

Definition of appointment

1 : an arrangement for a meeting : engagement She has an appointment for an interview tomorrow.
2 : equipment, furnishings usually pluralexpensive homes with luxurious appointments
3 : a nonelective office or position holds an academic appointment
4a : an act of appointing someone or something : designation
b law : the designation by virtue of a vested power of a person to enjoy an estate

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Examples of appointment in a Sentence

I'm late for an appointment. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning at nine o'clock. The court ordered the appointment of an attorney to represent the child. the appointment of a committee the appointment of the new secretary of state Did he get his job by appointment or election? He now holds an appointment from the President. her appointment as ambassador to Spain
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Recent Examples on the Web In the antitrust review, the FTC also has sought information from Altria on its role in the September resignation of Juul Chief Executive Kevin Burns and the appointment of his successor, Altria executive K.C. Crosthwaite, according to Altria. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Altria-Juul Deal Is Stuck in Antitrust Review," 17 Jan. 2020 But Washington only stayed one season, which precipitated the appointment of Campanile last January. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is in a pickle at linebacker with latest defection," 17 Jan. 2020 His support for Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey helped trigger the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Brian Bennett, Time, "Inside Jared Kushner’s Unusual White House Role," 16 Jan. 2020 The House approved the appointment of seven lawmakers Wednesday to serve as impeachment managers in a Senate trial that will weigh abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges against President Trump. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House approves impeachment managers and 'additional evidence' for Senate trial," 15 Jan. 2020 Beshear also announced the appointment of former Lexington police chief and public safety commissioner Ronnie Baston as the deputy secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear brings back Rodney Brewer as Kentucky State Police commissioner," 3 Jan. 2020 Their hopes were based, in part, on the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, who had upheld Roe v. Wade in a key case in 1992. Mike Cason |, al, "Nation’s toughest abortion law tops Alabama political stories of 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The appointment of Dittrich was approved by an order of Judge John Fogleman on Tuesday. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Special prosecutor assigned to former Arkansas senator's murder case," 20 Dec. 2019 Hamilton stressed this point in his discussion of the appointment of Cabinet officers, in Federalist No. Adam White, National Review, "The Senate’s Trial," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of appointment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for appointment

see appoint

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The first known use of appointment was in the 15th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appointment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appointment

: an agreement to meet with someone at a particular time
: the act of giving a particular job or position to someone : the act of appointing someone
: a job or duty that is given to a person : a position to which someone is appointed


ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio) \

Kids Definition of appointment

1 : an agreement to meet at a fixed time an eight-o'clock doctor's appointment
2 : the act of choosing for a position or office or of being chosen for a position or office She became less popular after her appointment as director.
3 : a position or office to which a person is named her appointment as ambassador
4 appointments plural : furnishings

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