: attached with a clip
a clip-on tie
clip-on earrings
clip-on noun

Examples of clip-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These earplugs come with a clip-on carry case to attach to your carry-on bag, purse, or keys. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Apr. 2024 The sky was growing dark with clouds, but people were still eating ice cream and standing in clusters on the lawn, the little kids running around in their clip-on ties and their shiny shoes while the dogs waddled after them, scarfing the crumbs that fell from their paper plates. Aryn Kyle, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Unlike some bulky clip-on fans, this one has a sleek design that won’t be an eyesore in your bedroom. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Feb. 2024 This set of 8 colorful clip-on dip holders can attach to any plate, perfect for sauces, spices, or snacks. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Bullitt also made the Motorola Defy satellite link, a clip-on device that enables satellite messaging for any smartphone. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 In the Cafe Racer configuration, the handlebars are low clip-ons, while the foot pegs are aggressively set back. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2024 This lightweight, clip-on LED light has adjustable brightness levels and color temperatures and comes with a rechargeable battery. Deanna Pai, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 The rest of the outfit has a smart clip-on system to attach or detach several of its pieces in a modular fashion. WIRED, 2 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clip-on was in 1909

Dictionary Entries Near clip-on

Cite this Entry

“Clip-on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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