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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Far from scary, these fixtures might actually be the secret to feeling happier at home this Halloween season. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Himalayan Salt Lamps Everyone's Obsessed With Now Come in Skull Form," 25 Sep. 2018 Porcelain-and-bronze light fixtures by Lindsey Adelman hang like the inverted canopy of a tree from the double-height ceiling. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 K-pop stars are now front-row fixtures at runway shows at the behest of American designers. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Why Are Beauty Ads Still Fetishizing Asian Women?," 17 Aug. 2018 The CNN Airport network dates back to when CNN was known for straightforward news programming -- and has been a fixture at airports since before competitors MSNBC and Fox News even existed. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Growing questions about CNN's airport monopoly as network veers left," 23 Mar. 2018 Earlier this year, Anna Dello Russo—Italian editor, street style star, front row fixture, and fashion collector—decided to sell much of her personal archive, a collection that spanned not one, but two apartments. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Anna Dello Russo Is Selling Tons of Vintage Jewelry on Vestiaire Collective—Starting at Just $100," 14 Nov. 2018 Ya Ming Building Materials Trading, an exporter of toilets and other bathroom fixtures based in the northern city of Tangshan, has continued to see strong demand from North America, said Liu Tian, the company’s chief executive. WSJ, "China’s Factory Weakness Adds to Mounting Worries About Economy," 31 Oct. 2018 In other business, the council voted unanimously to press pause on the donation program for park trees, benches and other fixtures. Hillary Davis,, "Newport Beach City Council considers increasing fees for fire inspections," 11 July 2018 England have never beaten Sweden at a World Cup, with the Euro 2012 victory their only competitive win to date, losing twice and drawing the other five major tournament fixtures., "World Cup Preview: Sweden vs England - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 6 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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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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to enclose within walls

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