charger

1 of 2

noun (1)

char·​ger ˈchär-jər How to pronounce charger (audio)
: a large flat dish or platter

charger

2 of 2

noun (2)

charg·​er ˈchär-jər How to pronounce charger (audio)
1
: one that charges: such as
a
: an appliance for holding or inserting a charge of powder or shot in a gun
b
: a cartridge clip
c
: a device for charging storage batteries
2
: a horse for battle or parade

Examples of charger in a Sentence

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Noun
The California Energy Commission in April approved $1.9 billion to build 40,000 new public EV chargers statewide and other ZEV infrastructure across California. Kristin J. Bender, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 Also, while the peak available charge rate remains the same 220 kilowatts in the 2025 vehicles with large and max battery packs, overall charging is slightly improved across the range, adding an average of 140 miles of range in 20 minutes using a fast charger, Rivian spokesman Mikhael Farah said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2024 Then Claire comes by to borrow a charger, and changes everything. Shania Russell, EW.com, 5 June 2024 Valdez installed his home charger himself for less than $700 and uses it for all three family cars, the Mustang and two older Ford hybrids. CBS News, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for charger 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English chargeour, borrowed from Anglo-French, from charger "to load, burden" + -eour -er entry 2 — more at charge entry 1

Note: Oxford English Dictionary, first edition, Middle English Dictionary, and Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch treat the etymon of this word as distinct from the etymon of charger entry 2, presumably on the grounds that the suffix, here designating a place, goes back to -eoir, from Latin -ātōrium, though there is little evidence for this in manuscript spellings. The meaning "dish or platter" found in Anglo-French appears not to have a parallel on the continent.

Noun (2)

Middle English chargere "someone who loads or burdens," from charger "to load, burden" + -ere -er entry 2 — more at -er entry 2 — more at charge entry 1

Note: See note at charge entry 1.

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of charger was in the 14th century

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“Charger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charger. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

charger

1 of 2 noun
char·​ger ˈchär-jər How to pronounce charger (audio)
: a large flat dish or platter

charger

2 of 2 noun
charg·​er
ˈchär-jər
1
: a cavalry horse
2
: a device for charging storage batteries

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