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 pluralexpensive 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 Given the Trump administration’s cold war against China, Mr Claver-Carone’s appointment as head of the IDB might force Latin America to choose between the two countries, which the region is reluctant to do. The Economist, "Bello A gringo takeover bid for the Inter-American Development Bank," 20 June 2020 Tasting rooms are open again in Napa and Sonoma counties, with fewer visitors and appointment-only policies. Esther Mobley,, "Wine Country has reopened, but a rise in coronavirus cases stirs fears," 20 June 2020 After 120 days, Berman’s official appointment to the post was made by the judges of the US District Court. Katie Benner,, "Trump personally fires US attorney who investigated his associates," 20 June 2020 Tuesdays through Thursdays and by appointment only on Fridays. Bob Carlton |, al, "This sweet ‘n’ salty Alabama business pops with a purpose," 18 June 2020 Five seats would be filled by police officers, and another civilian appointment would be nominated by the police union. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indianapolis leaders say the city will change after protests," 18 June 2020 The Houston Humane Society is moving back to pre-pandemic appointment procedures and is allowing walk-ins again. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Humane Society moves away from curbside adoptions, now accepting walk-ins," 17 June 2020 Best Buy, the largest electronics retailer, has ended appointment-only shopping and will allow more shoppers into stores, so that trend may change in June. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "U.S. retail sales surge in May but remain well below normal levels," 16 June 2020 Against that backdrop, DeJoy's appointment faces scrutiny. NBC News, "New Postal Service head is a top Trump donor. What does that mean for its future?," 16 June 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appointment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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