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From Middle French apointement (French appointement). See appoint.





appointment (plural appointments)

  1. The act of appointing a person to hold an office or to have a position of trust
    Synonym: designation
    His appointment as treasurer was deemed suitable.
  2. The state of being appointed to a service or office; an office to which one is appointed
    the appointment of treasurer
  3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement.
  4. An arrangement between people to meet; an engagement.
    They made an appointment to meet at six.
    I'm leaving work early because I have a doctor's appointment.
  5. (religion) Decree; direction; established order or constitution.
    To submit to the divine appointments.
  6. (law) The exercise of the power of designating (under a power of appointment) a person to enjoy an estate or other specific property; also, the instrument by which the designation is made.
  7. (government) The assignment of a person by an official to perform a duty, such as a presidential appointment of a judge to a court.
  8. (in the plural) Equipment, furniture.
    • 1846 October 1 – 1848 April 1, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1848, →OCLC:
      [] the house had been inhabited for years by his father, and in many of its appointments was old-fashioned and grim []
    • 1910, Saki [pseudonym; Hector Hugh Munro], “The Soul of Laploshka”, in Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches, London: Methuen & Co. [], →OCLC, page 70:
      The appointments were primitive, but the Schnitzel, the beer, and the cheese could not have been improved on.
  9. (US) An honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college.
    to have an appointment
  10. (obsolete) The allowance paid to a public officer.


  • (antonym(s) of act of appointing): dismissal

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