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 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

Shani Darden Studio, 9304 Civic Center Drive, Suite 2, Beverly Hills 90210 Email for appointments. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "L.A.’s Favorite Celebrity Facialist Opens a New Skin-Care Studio in Beverly Hills," 6 June 2019 Or opt for a private tasting experience ($30, appointment only) of library wines and charcuterie on the East Patio, where towering oak trees provide shade. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, "California wine country: 4 great Lodi wineries," 6 June 2019 Most parents who arrive with children are quickly processed and released into the U.S. with a court appointment, a practice homeland security officials characterize as a loophole that the migrants are exploiting to gain easy entry to the country. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Arrests along Mexico border surged again in May, blowing past ‘breaking point’," 5 June 2019 The Frenchman played Isco in every single La Liga match following his re-appointment in March, with the midfielder even scoring in his first two appearances back under the tutelage of Zidane., "Real Madrid Will Listen to Offers for Isco as Spain Star Digs His Heels in Over Future," 4 June 2019 In addition, Lifeshare will have a mobile truck onsite and will have a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit Carol Kovach,, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019 The workspace, Allyson says, is open for private appointments and client meetings and presentations during and outside of regular business hours. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "There's an Incredible Story Behind Serena & Lily's Flagship Store," 9 Apr. 2019 The multi-step process could leave procrastinators competing with each other for final appointments, according to a press release from the Plaintiffs’ Committee for Volkswagen Litigation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Time is running out for dieselgate Volkswagen owners to get their money," 1 Aug. 2018 Looking fresh in a crisp white A Bathing Ape button down and some more cartoonish pants (there’s a scary looking face dyed into them), every moment of Uzi’s appointment was prime Instagram fodder. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lil Uzi Vert Even Gets Dressed Up to Go to the Dentist," 8 May 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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