Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

self–contained

play
adjective self–con·tained \-kən-ˈtānd\

Simple Definition of self–contained

  • : not requiring help or support from anyone or anything else : complete by itself

  • : tending to keep thoughts and feelings private and to deal with things without help from other people

  • : having a kitchen and bathroom

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of self–contained

  1. 1a :  complete in itself :  independent <a self–contained machine> <a self–contained program of study>b :  built-in <a lectern with a self–contained light fixture>

  2. 2a :  showing self-controlb :  formal and reserved in manner

self–containedly play \-ˈtā-nəd-lē, -ˈtānd-lē\ adverb
self–containedness play \-ˈtā-nəd-nəs, -ˈtān(d)-nəs\ noun
self–containment play \-ˈtān-mənt\ noun

1591

First Known Use of self–contained

1591

Rhymes with self–contained


Learn More about self–contained


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up self–contained? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin oily prompt angry
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ