fix·ture | \ˈfiks-chər \

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.

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In White's wrestling career, Vader became an iconic fixture in the sport. Scott Gleeson,, "Wrestling legend Big Van Vader has died," 20 June 2018 Much of this is due to the acclaim of his homegrown label, Stil vor Talent, which, over the past 13 years, has become a steady fixture of Berlin’s thriving underground scene. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Oliver Koletzki Teams Up With Niko Schwind for South Africa-Inspired 'Kasai': Exclusive," 24 May 2018 According to cocktail guru David Wondrich, the mint julep’s roots stretch back to the late 18th century, and the drink became a beloved fixture of Southern life well beyond Kentucky, the spiritual homeland of bourbon. Carey Jones, Vogue, "The Many Mint Juleps of the Kentucky Derby," 5 May 2018 The monthly meetings have become a fixture for veterans of the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and even Korea and World War II. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Veterans' grass-roots movement shares health benefits of marijuana," 28 Apr. 2018 Another remedy that was popular both then and now is the use of benzoyl peroxide, which was used in the form of an ointment in the 1930s and since has become a fixture in a plethora of acne-fighting products. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Watch 100 Years of Acne Treatment History in Just 4 Minutes," 26 Apr. 2018 The wand has become far too common fixture in our everyday life. charlotteobserver, "Mecklenburg County commissioner candidates: Where they stand on key issues | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018 Posting pictures of kids on social media has become a fixture of modern parenting. Stacey Steinberg And Bahareh Keith,, "Not deleting Facebook? Here's how you can protect your kids.," 15 Apr. 2018 Once coffee became more accessible, beyond the country’s elite, in the 19th century, Kaffee und Kuchen became a fixture for those seeking a little break from the everyday grind. Jessica Jungbauer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Enjoy the German Tradition of 'Kaffee und Kuchen' in Berlin," 5 Apr. 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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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

sports : a game played at a particular time and place


fix·ture | \ˈfiks-chər \

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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