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fit·​ting ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce fitting (audio)
: of a kind appropriate to the situation : suitable
fittingly adverb
fittingness noun


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: an action or act of one that fits
specifically : a trying on of clothes which are in the process of being made or altered
: something used in fitting up : accessory
: a small often standardized part
an electrical fitting
Choose the Right Synonym for fitting

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance.

fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action.

fit for battle

suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands.

clothes suitable for camping

meet suggests a just proportioning.

meet payment

proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom.

proper acknowledgement

appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness.

an appropriate gift

fitting implies harmony of mood or tone.

a fitting end

apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination.

apt quotations

happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate.

a happy choice of words

felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful.

a felicitous phrase

Examples of fitting in a Sentence

Adjective It was a fitting end to their rivalry. it is only fitting that you should be the one to take her back to the airport since she flew out to see you Noun I have a fitting for my wedding dress this afternoon.
Recent Examples on the Web
Since Sergio Hudson has roots in the South, Ridgeway, South Carolina to be exact, a bustier-centric look from his last collection is most fitting. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Others felt that this was fitting considering the nature of the game. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Apr. 2024 The Hartford boys added one last symbol to their repertoire, which began to appear on membership forms, banners and broadsides: an enigmatic open eye, a fitting emblem for the awakening that was taking place. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 And while the long game may not play as well on television, there is something fitting in that. Rory Smith, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Many are hopeful that the spectacle will give the French capital a fitting stage to showcase its best attributes. Keir Simmons, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Ruettiger sacked Georgia Tech quarterback Rudy Allen and was carried off the field, bringing a fitting end to a true underdog story. Jason Hahn, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 The scenic image is a fitting tribute to the work and longevity of Mars Express. Amanda Kooser, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Particularly fitting for the summer season are the Palatinus Strand Baths. Alia Akkam, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Mar. 2024
And, because Bentley has gone all in on customization in recent years, each customer has been offered a personal fitting for their car and is being given their choice of period-correct interior and exterior finishes. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024 Isaac Mizrahi stands next to his costumes during a fitting for The Look of Love. Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 That began in 1958 when Ottavio and Rosita Missoni created a provocative fitting at the Rinascente mall in Milan, covering the eyes of the mannequins with colored, striped scarves. Billboard Italy, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024 The cover photo showed the pair standing side-by-side while smiling, dressed in a wardrobe fitting for their respective characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Is a hose fitting with plumbing or garden products? Roger Dooley, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 See it The oldest artifacts included some Iron Age chariot fittings, archaeologists said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2024 Older fittings can have small continuous leaks or enter the inside air from an incomplete burn. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2024 However, even proprietary stainless steels can stain, especially if any cheaper steel fittings beneath the Cybertruck's panels react with the stainless product. Carlton Reid, WIRED, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fitting was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near fitting

Cite this Entry

“Fitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: appropriate entry 2, suitable
a fitting gift
fittingly adverb
fittingness noun


2 of 2 noun
: a trying on of clothes being made or altered
: a small accessory part
a pipe fitting

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