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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web For three seasons, Sam Ehlinger was pretty much a fixture at quarterback, a gritty leader who put his name on the Texas record book. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Casey Thompson or Hudson Card? Don’t expect Steve Sarkisian to name Texas’ new starting QB anytime soon," 13 Apr. 2021 After suffering his first stroke, Albeck was a fixture at the AT&T Center. Tom Osborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Former Spurs coach Stan Albeck dies at 89," 25 Mar. 2021 The Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums is a fixture at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Cleveland. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Watch St. Patrick’s Day performance by Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums | Live video at 12:30 p.m.," 17 Mar. 2021 Sister Jean’s presence at Loyola games thus far this season has been limited to the cardboard cutout of her that was a fixture at the university’s Joseph J. Gentile Arena. Jeff Arnold, New York Times, "Sister Jean Gets Another Loyola N.C.A.A. Run," 16 Mar. 2021 Sister Jean has been the Loyola chaplain since 1994, a fixture at many Ramblers sporting events, not just basketball. Shannon Ryan,, "Loyola is back in March Madness for the first time since that improbable 2018 Final Four journey — and Sister Jean wants to be too," 13 Mar. 2021 Membership programs have long been a fixture at wineries and breweries, giving members perks like monthly bottles and exclusive access to new releases. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Subscriptions and memberships keep customers fed and Twin Cities restaurants in business," 12 Mar. 2021 Colonel was a fixture at her husband's three-month trial, which took place in New York. Michael Balsamo, ajc, "Judge says wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' must stay in jail," 23 Feb. 2021 Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen who had been a fixture at her husband's 2019 trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to make her first court appearance Tuesday in Washington. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "El Chapo's wife arrested on drug trafficking charge; detained at Washington-area airport," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Fixture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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


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



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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