condom

noun

con·​dom ˈkän-dəm How to pronounce condom (audio)
ˈkən-,
 dialectal  -drəm
1
: a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)
2
: a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

Examples of condom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The female condom is 95% effective if used correctly.9 With an intrauterine device (IUD) Copper and hormonal IUDs have a success rate of more than 99%. Christina Oehler, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Neither is using an internal condom or the rhythm method. Leah Ansell, Verywell Health, 24 Dec. 2023 The woman also claimed that Brand removed a condom during intercourse without her knowledge in a separate incident. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2023 Outreach workers in Lugazi, Mbarara and several other towns have been arrested for distributing lubricants and condoms. Apoorva Mandavilli Esther Ruth Mbabazi, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Much like the pads that led them to those choices, birth control and condoms are equally inaccessible. Elizabeth Wells and Eoin McSweeney, CNN, 5 Dec. 2023 Like something out of a science fiction novel, the workers remain fully encapsulated inside a giant body condom while working with the deadly viruses. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 As part of the law, retailers would have been prohibited from asking for proof of age or identification when minors buy condoms or nonprescription contraception. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 Only 20 states require information on condoms or contraception. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of condom was circa 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Condom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condom. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

condom

noun
con·​dom ˈkən-dəm How to pronounce condom (audio)
ˈkän-
: a usually rubber covering worn over the penis during sexual intercourse especially to prevent pregnancy or venereal disease

Medical Definition

condom

noun
con·​dom
ˈkän-dəm also ˈkən-
1
: a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)

called also sheath

2
: a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

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