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From French attachement. By surface analysis, attach +‎ -ment.


  • IPA(key): /əˈtæt͡ʃmənt/
  • (file)


attachment (countable and uncountable, plural attachments)

  1. The act or process of (physically or figuratively) attaching.
    • 2005, Rebecca N. Baergen, Manual of Benirschke and Kaufmann's Pathology of the Human Placenta, page 71:
      The “implantation window” is a short, specific phase during which attachment of the blastocyst occurs.
  2. A strong bonding with or fondness for someone or something.
    I have such an attachment towards my fiancé!
  3. A dependence, especially a strong one.
    • 2003, Griffith Edwards, Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug, page 63:
      Through every other kind of drug experience, however, ran his attachment to alcohol.
  4. A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool.
    • 1978, Walter H. Wager, Time of reckoning, page 194:
      Zimchenko's phone had a tape attachment, []
  5. The means by which something is physically attached.
    • 2012, Sinikka Elliott, Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers, page 46:
      [The umbilical cord is] the attachment connecting the fetus with the placenta.
  6. (computing) A file sent along with a message, usually an email.
  7. (law) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.
    attachment of earnings
  8. (meteorology) The act or process by which any (downward) leader connects to any available (upward) streamer in a lightning flash.
    • 2009, Jakke Mäkelä, Eero Karvinen, Niko Porjo, Antti Mäkelä and Tapio Tuomi, Attachment of Natural Lightning Flashes to Trees: Preliminary Statistical Characteristics, published in the Journal of Lightning Research, volume 1

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Borrowed from English attachment.


  • IPA(key): /ɛˈtɛtʃmənt/, /ɑˈtɛtʃmənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: at‧tach‧ment


attachment m or n (plural attachments)

  1. attachment (to an email)
    Synonym: bijlage
  2. (psychology) attachment, personal bonding