ar·​range·​ment | \ ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio) \

Definition of arrangement

1a : 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
Recent Examples on the Web Ireland has an open-border arrangement with Britain. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 But neither the United States nor other world powers have given Israel — the stronger party — any incentive to accede to such an arrangement. Joseph Krauss,, 12 May 2022 But neither the United States nor other world powers have given Israel — the stronger party — any incentive to accede to such an arrangement. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 12 May 2022 Some items Noe has raised even more, citing an arrangement that used to sell for $59.99 before the pandemic which now costs $20 more. Fortune, 7 May 2022 And never underestimate the power of a beautiful flower arrangement on the coffee table! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 The mother of three also gave a glimpse at the arrangement of red roses and chocolates with which Toth surprised her for the romantic holiday. Nicholas Rice,, 27 Mar. 2022 No unexpected injury absences, no jarring arrangement on how players queued for their reps. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 Spector also said during the hearing that there was no formal arrangement on child custody timing, and the prenuptial agreement had not yet been accepted as official evidence. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of arrangement

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arrangement

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

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The first known use of arrangement was in 1690

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16 May 2022

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“Arrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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ar·​range·​ment | \ ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrangement

1 : the act of putting things in order : the order in which things are put the arrangement of furniture in a room
2 : something made by putting things together and organizing them a flower arrangement
3 : preparation or planning done in advance Have you made arrangements for the trip?
4 : a usually informal agreement a business arrangement
5 : a piece of music written or changed to suit particular voices or instruments

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