Definitions of institution

  1. an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
  2. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society; " the institution of marriage"; " the institution of slavery"; " he had become an institution in the theater"
  3. The act or process of instituting; as: ( a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school.
  4. Instruction; education.
  5. The act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice, by which the care of souls is committed to his charge.
  6. That which instituted or established
  7. Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
  8. An established or organized society or corporation; an establishment, especially of a public character, or affecting a community; a foundation; as, a literary institution; a charitable institution; also, a building or the buildings occupied or used by such organization; as, the Smithsonian Institution.
  9. Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits.
  10. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute.
  11. The act of establishing; that which is established; an organized body or society for promoting a particular object; the building where such a society meets; an establishment, especially one of public character; as, an almshouse is a charitable institution.
  12. The act of instituting or establishing: that which is instituted or established: foundation: established order: enactment: a society established for some object: that which institutes or instructs: a system of principles or rules.
  13. That which is instituted; an established order.
  14. A corporate body, or the building occupied by it.
  15. The act of instituting.
  16. Institutor.
  17. The act of instituting; that which is instituted; establishment; enactment; law; foundation; education; instruction; a society established for promoting any object, public or social; the act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice.
  18. That which is prescribed or founded by authority; an establishment, public or social; a system or society established for promoting a particular object; the ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice.
  19. Institutional.