a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting; engagement:
We made an appointment to meet again.
a meeting set for a specific time or place:
I’m late for my appointment.
the act of , designating, or placing in office:
to fill a vacancy by appointment.
an office, position, or the like, to which a person is :
He received his appointment as ambassador to Italy.
Usually, appointments. equipment, furnishings, or accouterments.
appointments, accouterments for a soldier or a horse.
Manège. a horse-show class in which the contestant need not be a member of a hunt but must wear regulation hunt livery.
Compare (def 9).
Archaic. decree; ordinance.
Contemporary Examples

No blue and white smoke billowed out at the appointment of a new Chief Rabbi, to succeed Lord Jonathan Sacks, last December.
Lord Jonathan Sacks In Retrospect Paul Usiskin March 24, 2013

Word of Deitch’s appointment in 2010 made big news in the art world.
Jeffrey Deitch Out at MOCA Isabel Wilkinson July 24, 2013

An Obama appointment: Schwarzenegger and Obama have been full of praise for each other.
Arnold’s Next Role Joe Mathews July 28, 2009

Prior to her appointment in 1997, she served as U.S. representative to the United Nations.
Women in the World Speakers The Daily Beast March 7, 2010

“One of our successes is the appointment of the first female brigadier general in the Sierra Leone army,” she boasts.
Sex Strikes: One Woman’s Unusual Fight For Peace Lynn Sherr March 10, 2010

Historical Examples

That’s why I come, lest this appointment should ha’ proved a pitfall to you.
Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith

But the fact is I’ve got an appointment late this afternoon.
Viviette William J. Locke

“Two days hence I have an appointment with la Peyrade,” said Cerizet.
The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac

If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.
Viviette William J. Locke

I kept the appointment, and I found the lady even more beautiful than the Venetian’s praises of her had led me to expect.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

an arrangement to meet a person or be at a place at a certain time
the act of placing in a job or position
the person who receives such a job or position
the job or position to which such a person is appointed
(usually pl) a fixture or fitting
(property law) nomination to an interest in property under a deed or will

early 15c., “an agreement,” also “a fixing of a date for official business,” from Middle French apointement, from apointer (see appoint). Meaning “act of placing in office” is attested from 1650s.
see: make an appointment


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