fixture

noun
fix·​ture | \ ˈfiks-chər How to pronounce fixture (audio) \

Definition of fixture

1 : the act or process of fixing : the state of being fixed
2a : something that is fixed or attached (as to a building) as a permanent appendage or as a structural part a plumbing fixture
b : a device for supporting work during machining
c : an item of movable property so incorporated into real property that it may be regarded as legally a part of it
3 : a familiar or invariably present element or feature in some particular setting especially : a person long associated with a place or activity
4 : a settled date or time especially for a sporting or festive event also : such an event especially as a regularly scheduled affair

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Synonyms for fixture

Synonyms

institution

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Examples of fixture in a Sentence

He's been a fixture in the parade for many years. She hopes the new educational program will become a permanent fixture at the zoo.

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Held under an open sky at the famous Rockefeller Center plaza, the event played host to a most unexpected modeling newbie: none other than comedian and frequent tabloid fixture, Pete Davidson. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Pete Davidson Just Walked Alexander Wang’s Show," 1 June 2019 The 55 waterfront guest rooms feature Waterworks fixtures, custom cedar shiplap walls, recycled flooring by Capri, and bedspreads by Quiet Town Home. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 Another fan, New York designer Marina Hanisch, recently placed an Apparatus Lariat fixture, which... Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, WSJ, "Are the New Spider-Like Chandeliers Just Creepy?," 10 May 2019 Even after last year's blockbuster retrospective at The Whitney (the first in the United States since 1989), there's still more to uncover about the late provocateur and society fixture, and plenty of important work to see. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Andy Warhol Fans Have Two New Must-See Shows," 25 Apr. 2019 Rooms are unfussy, lots of white and gray, but with pops of emerald green or cobalt blue, brass fixtures, as well custom wallpaper patterned with native plants and botanical prints from the great Pacific Northwest artist Imogen Cunningham. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Portland, OR, in January 2019," 20 Dec. 2018 Since the fixtures are made by the same company, the finishes and styling allow everything to tie together for a custom look. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Collect compliments with collection fixtures," 25 Mar. 2019 The couple livened up the kitchen, however, with the bauble light fixture that hung in the living room of their previous apartment—a smaller unit on the west side of the Tiber in the Aurelio district. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 The quartz counter tops carry over to the kitchen's large island, which has wraparound seating under the decorative light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of fixture

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fixture

alteration of earlier fixure (probably after mixture), going back to Middle English, "point of attachment," borrowed from Late Latin fīxūra "action of fixing, place where a nail is fixed," from Latin fīxus, past participle of fīgere "to drive in, insert, fasten" + -ūra -ure — more at fix entry 1

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The first known use of fixture was in 1598

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fixture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fixture

: something (such as a light, toilet, sink, etc.) that is attached to a house or building and that is not removed when the house or building is sold
: a person or thing that has been part of something or involved in something for a long time
British, sports : a game played at a particular time and place

fixture

noun
fix·​ture | \ ˈfiks-chər How to pronounce fixture (audio) \

Kids Definition of fixture

: something (as a light or sink) attached as a permanent part bathroom fixtures

fixture

noun
fix·​ture

Legal Definition of fixture

: an item of movable property so incorporated into a real property that it may be regarded as legally a part of it

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