ap·​point·​ment ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio)
: an arrangement for a meeting : engagement
She has an appointment for an interview tomorrow.
: equipment, furnishings
usually plural
expensive homes with luxurious appointments
: a nonelective office or position
holds an academic appointment
: an act of appointing someone or something : designation
law : the designation by virtue of a vested power of a person to enjoy an estate

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web In August, Sanders announced the appointment of then-state Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Larry Walther as state treasurer. Michael R. Wickline,, 25 Nov. 2023 Short of big-ticket sports games, the Hallmark movies might be the only appointment television left over the holidays. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2023 In the appointment, doctors noted that the man had no signs of syphilis, no vision problems, nor hearing impairment. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 OpenAI has been roiled by dramatic executive shuffling since Friday, and the appointment of an interim CEO is only adding fuel to the fire. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Armstrong again tried to escape authorities during an Oct. 11 medical appointment outside of jail. CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 In October of this year, Armstrong was caught on video obtained by KXAN trying to escape officers after a doctor's appointment. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Nold’s appointment is effective from the same month, the company said Thursday. Adrià Calatayud, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 Under another program that disappeared under HCA, a nurse would follow patients recently diagnosed with heart disease through hospital discharge and subsequent appointments with physicians. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see appoint

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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

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Cite this Entry

“Appointment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ap·​point·​ment ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio)
: the act or an instance of appointing
holds office by appointment
: a position or office to which a person is named
holds an appointment from the president
: an agreement to meet at a fixed time
an appointment with the dentist
: furnishings
usually used in plural

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