In·​ter·​net | \ ˈin-tər-ˌnet How to pronounce Internet (audio) \
variants: or internet

Definition of Internet

: an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world used with the except when being used attributivelydoing research on the Internetan Internet search

Note: In U.S. publications, the capitalized form Internet continues to be more common than internet, although the lowercase form is rapidly gaining more widespread use. In British publications, internet is now the more common form.

— compare world wide web

First Known Use of Internet

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Internet was in 1974

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Cite this Entry

“Internet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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In·​ter·​net | \ ˈin-tər-ˌnet How to pronounce Internet (audio) \

Kids Definition of Internet

: a communications system that connects computers and databases all over the world

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