Ether·​net ˈē-thər-ˌnet How to pronounce Ethernet (audio)
: a computer network architecture consisting of various specified local-area network protocols, devices, and connection methods

Examples of Ethernet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Thunderbolt 4/USB4 compatibility and Ethernet 2.5GbE, this is an advanced docking station that will please power users working between office and home. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 As is typical, the installation is mostly automated, pausing to give the choice of an Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or USB connection. PCMAG, 27 Jan. 2024 The storage device is connected to the telescope’s onboard computer via Ethernet to continuously transfer the data, and it is attached to the telescope with mechanical pincers used by professional archers and chosen because of their ability to withstand high tension. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2023 The base model also packs two Thunderbolt ports while the high-end models come with two Thunderbolt ports and two additional USB 3 ports (plus support for Gigabit Ethernet). Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023 The dock also packs six USB 3.0 ports (two on the front, four in the back) and a gigabit Ethernet port. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 11 Oct. 2023 The Pi 5 adds a custom I/O controller, the RP1, to manage USB, Ethernet, MIPI, and GPIO connectivity. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Oct. 2023 Networking options include Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6E, with Bluetooth 5.2. Joe Hindy, PCMAG, 9 Sep. 2023 There are three 4K 120Hz HDMI ports on the TV’s Zero Connect Box, alongside two USB-A, Ethernet, and optical audio. Jon Porter, The Verge, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


from Ethernet, a trademark

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ethernet was in 1976

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“Ethernet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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