condom

noun
con·​dom | \ˈkän-dəm, ˈkən-, dialectal -drəm\

Definition of condom 

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

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By comparison, condoms have an 18-percent failure rate, the pill has a nine-percent failure rate, and various intrauterine devices (IUDs) have failure rates of less than one percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 The trays on the second table contain cigarette butts, condom wrappers and many, many pistachio shells. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 The Beyhive newsletter doesn’t tell 16-year-olds that condoms are evil. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 Years later the killer resurfaces, scrawling graffiti on a barn and leaving notes, photos and used condoms on children's bicycles. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 Investigators also found the kind of Trojan Magnum gold condom wrappers the girl had described. Jared Gilmour, kansascity, "Chicago cop paid teen runaways for sex. Out-of-state condoms made it a federal crime, records say | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The same company released similar condoms to mark the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Samuelson, Time, "20 of the Tastiest, Fanciest and Most Bizarre Royal Wedding Souvenirs," 14 May 2018 In the bedroom of a friend's house whose parents were rarely home, the boy had put on a condom, barely pushed inside me, shuddered, and then never spoke to me again. Amy Hatvany, Seventeen, "I Was Sexually Assaulted When I Was 14 and Blamed Myself for Years," 5 Apr. 2018 The show craftily skewers the system that lured its contestants into debt, intermixing questions about Beyoncé and condoms with earnest facts about the moral blight of for-profit colleges. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of condom

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condom

origin unknown

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The first known use of condom was circa 1706

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condom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condom

: a thin rubber covering that a man wears on his penis during sex in order to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or to prevent the spread of diseases

condom

noun
con·​dom | \ˈkän-dəm also ˈkən-\

Medical Definition of condom 

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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