What does arrangement mean?

Definitions for arrangement
əˈreɪndʒ məntar·range·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agreement, arrangementnoun

    the thing arranged or agreed to

    "they made arrangements to meet in Chicago"

  2. arrangementnoun

    an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

    "a flower arrangement"

  3. arrangement, organization, organisation, systemnoun

    an organized structure for arranging or classifying

    "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"

  4. placement, arrangementnoun

    the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

    "the arrangement of the furniture"; "the placement of the chairs"

  5. musical arrangement, arrangementnoun

    a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments

  6. arrangement, arranging, transcriptionnoun

    the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music


  1. arrangementnoun

    The act of arranging.

  2. arrangementnoun

    The manner of being arranged.

  3. arrangementnoun

    A collection of things that have been arranged.

  4. arrangementnoun

    A particular way in which items are organized.

  5. arrangementnoun

    Preparations for some undertaking.

  6. arrangementnoun

    An agreement.

  7. arrangementnoun

    An adaptation of a piece of music for other instruments, or in another style.

  8. Etymology: From arrangement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Arrangementnoun

    The act of putting in proper order; the state of being put in order.

    Etymology: from arrange.

    There is a proper arrangement of the parts to be brought about in elastick bodies, which may be facilitated by use. George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles.


  1. Arrangement

    In music, an arrangement is a musical adaptation of an existing composition. Differences from the original composition may include reharmonization, melodic paraphrasing, orchestration, or formal development. Arranging differs from orchestration in that the latter process is limited to the assignment of notes to instruments for performance by an orchestra, concert band, or other musical ensemble. Arranging "involves adding compositional techniques, such as new thematic material for introductions, transitions, or modulations, and endings. Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety". In jazz, a memorized (unwritten) arrangement of a new or pre-existing composition is known as a head arrangement.


  1. arrangement

    An arrangement is a plan, agreement, or organizational structure that has been put in place for a particular purpose. It can refer to the layout or grouping of specific objects or details. In a broader sense, it can also denote a social, financial, or legal agreement between two or more parties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arrangementnoun

    the act of arranging or putting in an orderly condition; the state of being arranged or put in order; disposition in suitable form

  2. Arrangementnoun

    the manner or result of arranging; system of parts disposed in due order; regular and systematic classification; as, arrangement of one's dress; the Linnaean arrangement of plants

  3. Arrangementnoun

    preparatory proceeding or measure; preparation; as, we have made arrangement for receiving company

  4. Arrangementnoun

    settlement; adjustment by agreement; as, the parties have made an arrangement between themselves concerning their disputes; a satisfactory arrangement

  5. Arrangementnoun

    the adaptation of a composition to voices or instruments for which it was not originally written

  6. Arrangementnoun

    a piece so adapted; a transcription; as, a pianoforte arrangement of Beethoven's symphonies; an orchestral arrangement of a song, an opera, or the like

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. arrangement.]


  1. Arrangement

    An arrangement is the adaptation of a previously written musical composition for presentation. It may differ from the original form by reharmonization, paraphrasing or development of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure. Orchestration differs in that it is only adapting music for an orchestra or musical ensemble while arranging "involves adding compositional techniques, such as new thematic material for introductions, transitions, or modulations, and endings...Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety".

Editors Contribution

  1. arrangement

    A systematic structure.

    The arrangement is systematic and structured.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrangement' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3070

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrangement' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3964

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrangement' in Nouns Frequency: #511

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrangement in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrangement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of arrangement in a Sentence

  1. Gary Schuler:

    A classic emerald cut like this one allows for a wide expanse of pure material to be viewed without the distraction of a more complex facet arrangement, it's almost like looking at the glimmer of a reflecting pool.

  2. Zalmay Khalilzad:

    They (the Taliban) say they made a mistake in how they dealt with women the last time, but nevertheless, theyre not going to be the government of Afghanistan. They are going to be part of the political process of Afghanistan. They may be part of a power-sharing arrangement in Afghanistan.

  3. The Sunday Times:

    Under the new plan, the prime minister would offer to rewrite the government's withdrawal bill to enshrine a customs arrangement in law.

  4. Lai Tung-kwok:

    There is no legal arrangement for the transfer of a person to the mainland authorities and the Hong Kong government will handle all cases in accordance with the law of Hong Kong.

  5. Dee Fowler:

    Because of the difficulties encountered in attempting to reach a timely contractual arrangement with Mr. Barnes, we felt it appropriate to seek out other African American authors to speak at the schools. the contract statement is an excuse the Hoover School District wants to hide behind for their horrible and unpopular decision.

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  • ترتيبArabic
  • мерки, договореност, подредба, аранжимент, подреждане, устройство, приготовленияBulgarian
  • AnordnungGerman
  • aranĝoEsperanto
  • arreglo, disposición, acuerdo, preparativos, planesSpanish
  • قرارداد، پیمانPersian
  • järjestäminen, sovitus, järjestelyt, sommitelma, sovinto, asetelma, järjestys, järjestely, sovittaminen, sopimusFinnish
  • composition, disposition, préparatifs, arrangement, accordFrench
  • ceartúIrish
  • rèiteachadhScottish Gaelic
  • הסדר, סידורHebrew
  • व्यवस्था, इंतज़ामHindi
  • uppröðun, samkomulag, uppsetning, ráðstöfun, útsetning, röðun, skipan, uppstillingIcelandic
  • accordo, composizione, accomodamento, incontro, arrangiamento, preparativi, compromesso, sistemazioneItalian
  • 配置Japanese
  • sutvarkymas, susitarimas, išdėstymasLithuanian
  • whakaritengaMāori
  • regelingDutch
  • umowa, układ, aranżacjaPolish
  • arranjamento, arranjo, preparativos, acordoPortuguese
  • aranjament, aranjareRomanian
  • расстановка, приведение в порядок, расположение, приготовлениеRussian
  • priprave, aranžman, pripremeSerbo-Croatian
  • orodhaSwahili
  • అమరిక, ఏర్పాట్లుTelugu
  • aranjman, düzenlemeTurkish
  • انتظامUrdu
  • sắp xếpVietnamese

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