broad·​band | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌband How to pronounce broadband (audio) \

Definition of broadband

1 : operating at, responsive to, or comprising a wide band of frequencies a broadband radio antenna
2 : of, relating to, or being a high-speed communications network and especially one in which a frequency range is divided into multiple independent channels for simultaneous transmission of signals (such as voice, data, or video)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from broadband

broadband noun

Examples of broadband in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Millions of people have left traditional cable behind in favor of paying only for broadband internet and streaming services. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 On a city level, Kansas City — the home of Google Fiber — had the highest mean broadband speeds of any city in the country, both for downloads and uploads, at 159 and 127 Mbps respectively. Rani Molla, Recode, "U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year," 12 Dec. 2018 Of all households with broadband Internet connections, 40% now have an Internet video streaming device, up from 6% in 2010, Parks said. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Roku Is the Internet Video Box Leader, While Google Is Slipping," 31 May 2018 That innovative thinking shines through in her policy priorities, which start with broadband internet—many areas of rural Vermont still lack internet connectivity, stymying growth and opportunity. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Links are a critical piece in the city’s goal to bring broadband internet access to all New Yorkers, but the system’s community-first approach provides other social benefits, as well. Keith Williams, New York Times, "What are those tall kiosks that have replaced pay phones in New York?," 11 Jan. 2018 The plan would bring the state into competition with private ISPs like AT&T and CenturyLink, which have so far failed to provide broadband internet to broad swaths of Michigan's residents. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ambitious Plan Would Bring Statewide Public Broadband to Michigan," 8 May 2018 The study was part of Baltimore’s smart cities initiative, an effort to improve life in Baltimore in areas including broadband availability, traffic, air quality, public safety and economic equality. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Free WiFi, public safety key to turning Baltimore into a 'smart city,' residents say," 12 July 2018 The Obama-era rules banned broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against particular internet content. Klint Finley, WIRED, "FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'broadband.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of broadband

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about broadband

Statistics for broadband

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for broadband

The first known use of broadband was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for broadband


broad·​band | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌband\

Kids Definition of broadband

: a high-speed electronic network that carries more than one type of communication (as Internet and cable television signals)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on broadband

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with broadband

Spanish Central: Translation of broadband

Nglish: Translation of broadband for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of broadband for Arabic Speakers

Comments on broadband

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


to mark by some ceremony or observation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!