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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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 Vaccinations are by appointment only for eligible groups. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Map: COVID vaccine sites around Maryland," 23 Feb. 2021 Friends of the Encinitas Library runs its nonprofit bookstore by appointment in response to pandemic... Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Library bookstore open by appointment in response to news," 22 Feb. 2021 The kits can be pre-ordered at and picked up on Sunday or Monday, by appointment, at 829 Main St. in Manchester. Susan Dunne,, "Connecticut restaurants celebrate National Margarita Day with dine-in and takeout options," 21 Feb. 2021 The health organization does everything by appointment, setting up spots in advance of flying to villages and coordinate with village leadership to ensure everyone shows up. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Behind Alaska’s low ‘wasted’ vaccine numbers, a combination of diligence and last-minute random calls," 20 Feb. 2021 Located inside developer Ryan Companies' downtown office, the Design Center is open by appointment only. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "New luxury condo tower in Minneapolis is the height of home design," 19 Feb. 2021 Save Point’s new store at 17 N. Main St. in Union Bridge is open by appointment only right now. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: The art of arcades and pinball at Save Point," 19 Feb. 2021 All of these pieces are either currently on display at the museum or available to view by appointment at the library. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Newspapers, birth records, wartime photos: Exploring chapters of Black Hoosier history," 19 Feb. 2021 Vaccinations will continue at the main hospital by appointment starting Thursday. Dallas News, "You asked, we answered: What readers wanted to know about the North Texas winter storm," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Appointment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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