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 Teams will now be able to use five substitutions per game to cope with the congested fixture list. Ben Church, CNN, "German soccer returns but not as we know it," 15 May 2020 Ioannidis has been a fixture in medical-school curricula for years, achieving something akin to hero status. David H. Freedman, Wired, "A Prophet of Scientific Rigor—and a Covid Contrarian," 1 May 2020 The Colts drafted Wilson to be a permanent fixture in that starting lineup. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts cut losses, trade Quincy Wilson for sixth-round pick and take CB Isaiah Rodgers," 25 Apr. 2020 Like most Spurs rookies — and especially those selected in the second round — Weatherspoon was a fixture in the G League this season. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How did Quinndary Weatherspoon fare this season and what is his future with the Spurs?," 25 Apr. 2020 There is an abundance of custom cabinetry with designer hardware, newly installed sink and plumbing fixtures, quartz countertops, two walk-in pantries and an island/breakfast bar that is open to the family room and breakfast area. Dallas News, "Dee Evans lists 2-plus-acre gated estate in Rockwall," 25 Apr. 2020 Along with Istanbul's street cats, these baskets, often ad-hoc creations made of colorful plastic wash bins or woven picnic baskets on a long rope, are one of the city's endearing anomalies—and a regular fixture, just like the elders who use them. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istanbul’s Famous Basket Tradition Has Become Essential Amid Coronavirus," 10 Apr. 2020 Duncan was an All-Star fixture, making 15 games in his 19 seasons. Jeff Mcdonald,, "TD’s Top Ten: Looking back at Tim Duncan’s hall of fame career," 4 Apr. 2020 These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets. Jared Goffinet,, "Warren County reports 1st confirmed coronavirus case," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fixture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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