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 Anyone over 16 is eligible for a free vaccination and should sign up for an appointment in advance. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage high school hockey players face mandatory COVID-19 testing after spike in exposures," 1 Apr. 2021 Democrat Rick Zbur, who runs the LGBTQ civil rights group Equality California, was also under consideration for an appointment. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California attorney general-designee Rob Bonta is already gearing up for the 2022 election," 27 Mar. 2021 So for those hunting for an appointment, there will be more Pfizer slots available. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines: If you have a choice, which one should you get?," 26 Mar. 2021 In Central Falls and Pawtucket, all residents over the age of 18 can register for an appointment., "R.I. to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents 50 and over on April 5," 25 Mar. 2021 Residents can either sign up for an appointment in advance through a community outreach referral or drop in to the site on a first-come first-serve basis, said Haney, who plans to help register residents in advance. Meghan Bobrowsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Treasure Island to get first vaccination site this weekend," 22 Mar. 2021 Scams are also emerging around vaccinations whereby people have been asked to pay for jabs out of pocket or to provide scammers with personal information for an appointment. Niall Mccarthy, Forbes, "Americans Are Losing Billions Of Dollars Due To Internet Crime [Infographic]," 19 Mar. 2021 Those 50 and older do not need to have a chronic medical condition to call for an appointment either at the mass drive-thru vaccination clinic in the TCF Center garage or through the Senior Saturday program. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters age 50-plus now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Duggan announces," 18 Mar. 2021 In Lighthouse Point, residents can ask for an appointment. Lisa J. Huriash,, "More pop-up vaccine sites are opening across Broward County," 17 Mar. 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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3 Apr 2021

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“Appointment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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