noun gad·get \ˈga-jət\

: a small, useful device

Full Definition of GADGET

:  an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty
gad·ge·teer \ˌga-jə-ˈtir\ noun
gad·get·ry \ˈga-jə-trē\ noun
gad·gety \-jə-tē\ adjective

Examples of GADGET

  1. The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets.
  2. cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets

Origin of GADGET

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1886

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GADGET Defined for Kids


noun gad·get \ˈga-jət\

Definition of GADGET for Kids

:  a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual


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