ap·​point·​ment | \ə-ˈpȯint-mənt \

Definition of appointment 

1 : an arrangement for a meeting : engagement She has an appointment for an interview tomorrow.

2 : equipment, furnishings usually plural expensive 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for appointment


assignment, commission, designation


discharge, dismissal, dismission, expulsion, firing

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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

The City Council will vote on Wednesday on whether to approve Ms. Garnett’s appointment. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Council Questions Mayor’s Pick to Run Watchdog Agency," 26 Nov. 2018 Denholm’s appointment itself is a good sign, Sroufe points out. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Tesla’s new chairwoman is walking into SEC and DOJ probes," 9 Nov. 2018 Sahle-Work’s appointment was cheered by the PM’s chief of staff (and de facto spokesperson), Fitsum Arega, on Twitter. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Sahle-Work Zewde Is Ethiopia’s First Woman President and Africa’s Only Serving Female Head of State," 25 Oct. 2018 By that standard, Mosseri’s appointment makes sense. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Meet Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s new boss," 1 Oct. 2018 If not, go into your doctor’s appointment prepared with questions that can help you suss it out. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 Christopher Christie’s and Jon Corzine’s appointments and cronies did on the State Investment Council? Joseph N. Distefano,, "Pension billions: Can N.J. cops pick better investments than Wall Street pros?," 13 July 2018 Hickson’s appointment is effective immediately and Williams will begin his new role on August 6. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Atlanta has new city attorney, deputy chief operating officer," 12 July 2018 In other words, Kavanaugh’s appointment is especially great news to one (1) U.S. citizen currently sitting in the Oval Office. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "What You Can Do to Fight Brett Kavanaugh’s Appointment to the Supreme Court," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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