noun util·i·ty \yü-ˈti-lə-tē\

: the quality or state of being useful

: a service (such as a supply of electricity or water) that is provided to the public

: a company that provides electricity, water, etc.

plural util·i·ties

Full Definition of UTILITY

:  fitness for some purpose or worth to some end
:  something useful or designed for use
a :  public utility
b (1) :  a service (as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility
(2) :  equipment or a piece of equipment to provide such service or a comparable service
:  a program or routine designed to perform or facilitate especially routine operations (as copying files or editing text) on a computer

Examples of UTILITY

  1. a plan without much practical utility
  2. Notify the utility if there's an outage.

Origin of UTILITY

Middle English utilite, from Anglo-French utilité, from Latin utilitat, utilitas, from utilis useful, from uti to use
First Known Use: 14th century



: designed for general use

sports : able to be used in several different positions or roles

: made to be useful rather than decorative

Full Definition of UTILITY

:  capable of serving as a substitute in various roles or positions <a utility infielder>
a :  kept to provide a useful product or service rather than for show or as a pet <utility livestock> <a utility dog>
b :  being of a usable but inferior grade <utility beef>
:  serving primarily for utility rather than beauty :  utilitarian
:  designed or adapted for general use <a utility tool>
:  of or relating to a utility <a utility company>

First Known Use of UTILITY

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