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 Having thrown in with an underperforming candidate in 2016 who had been a fixture in national politics for decades and never shown much ability to inspire voters, the Democratic establishment in 2020 turned to . . . Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Democratic Establishment Is Awful at Picking Candidates," 11 Feb. 2020 Hundreds of amulets and 10,000 blue funerary statues, known as ushabti figurines, which are fixtures in the ancient tombs of the area, were also discovered. Fox News, "High priests’ tombs discovered in Egypt," 1 Feb. 2020 Bill Fuller, another developer, helped ignite the revitalization of Little Havana, reopening the Ball & Chain nightclub that was a fixture in the neighborhood in the early part of the 20th century but was closed for decades. Alan Gomez, USA Today, "Before Super Bowl, Miami's Little Havana faces exodus of Cubans, pressure from developers," 31 Jan. 2020 Where Christopher Cross had been a fixture in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 for months, Another Page peaked at No. Paul Grein, Billboard, "How Did Christopher Cross, Of All People, Achieve That Historic Grammy Sweep in 1981?," 27 Jan. 2020 The Instagrammable bakery, sold out by lunchtime, is a fixture of neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Echo Park in Los Angeles. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Surprisingly Cool City Hiding in the Middle of Canadian Wine Country," 24 Jan. 2020 Since resigning from the Astros, Pérez has been a fixture of ESPN’s baseball coverage, either with studio work or broadcasting games as a color analyst. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Eduardo Perez a candidate for Astros' manager," 20 Jan. 2020 Nowhere is that more true than with The Washington Post Helping Hand, which has been a fixture in this space every holiday season since 2014. Washington Post, "You did it! Readers donate a record-setting amount to Post Helping Hand charities," 15 Jan. 2020 The use of substances to enhance athletic performance has long been a fixture in modern competition, and recently superstars like Lance Armstrong have had their legacies reconsidered in light of new information about doping. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fixture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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