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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The responsibility of us testicled folks has always just been to bring a condom. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 3 Aug. 2022 In the winter of 2019, Anderson, a mother and foster parent, got a prescription from her doctor for the morning-after pill ella after her primary birth control method, a condom, failed, according to the lawsuit. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 And—get this—not only in the area where the condom has touched. Heather Viggiani, Glamour, 9 Oct. 2022 The condom wrapper and a wire, also found where she was discovered in a shallow grave, were inconclusive and the shorter wire tested came back with the DNA of an unknown female. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 27 Sep. 2022 Serial impregnator Nick Cannon was once gifted a condom vending machine by Kevin Hart. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 24 Aug. 2022 The Supreme Court ruling is one of the strictest in a recent spate of measures addressing deceptive condom use, as courts try to define consent. New York Times, 29 July 2022 People who have had their birth control prescriptions or condom purchases denied by large pharmacies continue to flood social media with their stories under the hashtags #BoycottWalgreens and ##CVSDeniesCare. Sara Edwards, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Hutchinson pierced holes in the condom and impregnated his girlfriend. Karina Tsui, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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