arrangement

noun

ar·​range·​ment ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio)
1
a
: the state of being arranged : order
everything in neat arrangement
b
: the act of arranging
was responsible for the arrangement of the details
2
: something arranged: such as
a
: a preliminary measure : preparation
travel arrangements
b
: a piece of music that has been changed so that it can be performed by particular types of voices or instruments
c
: an informal agreement or settlement especially on personal, social, or political matters
arrangements under the new regime
3
: something made by arranging parts or things together
a floral arrangement

Examples of arrangement in a Sentence

They changed the arrangement of furniture in the room. the collection and arrangement of data a chronological arrangement of historical events We tried several different arrangements of the parts. Having my brother and his wife living nearby was an ideal arrangement for our family. The family had very unusual living arrangements. “What were your sleeping arrangements?” “I slept on the bed while he slept on the floor.” We'll have to change the seating arrangements for the dinner party. Her job includes arrangement of her boss's travel plans. There was an unusual political arrangement between the two countries. See More
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French arengement, from arenger "to arrange" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrangement was in 1690

Dictionary Entries Near arrangement

Cite this Entry

“Arrangement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrangement. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

arrangement

noun
ar·​range·​ment ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio)
1
: a putting in order : the order in which things are put
the arrangement of furniture in a room
2
: preparation or planning done in advance
make arrangements for a trip
3
: something made by arranging
a flower arrangement
4
: a changing of a piece of music to suit voices or instruments other than those for which it was first written

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