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

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 Joselu’s presence has offered a substitute this season, but he has been used sparingly and when needed, rather than as a fixture. Sam Leveridge, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The Giving Pies, a fixture in San Jose’s Willow Glen district, has become a small-business David going up against a corporate Goliath that now appears to have shifted gears into full mea culpa mode after the tech titan’s order cancellation that left the local merchant in a financial squeeze. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 The owners of the Regions Tower building, a fixture in the Indianapolis skyline, are facing foreclosure amid alarming financial problems for the country's commercial office real estate industry, according to a lawsuit filed in Marion County Superior Court. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 It’s designed with tropical decor, lots of plants and greenery, cabanas, a pool, wood floors and fixtures, seating with large umbrellas outside, an indoor fireplace by the bar and even a dolphin statue. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 Babkas, lox bagels and matzo ball soup are among fan favorites at this pop-up-turned-permanent fixture of Knoxville’s dining scene. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 No expense was spared when selecting finishes, fittings, and fixtures. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2024 And finally, neither Biden nor Trump were fixtures in the TV advertising, message wars or campaign activity in NY-3 — a district that won’t be in a battleground state in the 2024 presidential election. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 15 Feb. 2024 By 1999, however, Mythos was a fixture in uptown’s nightlife scene. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fixture was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Fixture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


fix·​ture ˈfiks-chər How to pronounce fixture (audio)
: the act of fixing : the state of being fixed
: something attached as a permanent part
bathroom fixtures
: one firmly established in a place

Legal Definition


: 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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