con·​duit ˈkän-ˌdü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio)
 also  -dwət,
: a natural or artificial channel through which something (such as a fluid) is conveyed
a conduit for rainwater
: a pipe, tube, or tile for protecting electric wires or cables
: a means of transmitting or distributing
a conduit for illicit payments
a conduit of information
archaic : fountain

Example Sentences

the major conduit for carrying water to the military base water flowed along the conduit to the fountain
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Word History


Middle English conduyt, condyt, cundyte "channel or pipe for conveying water, act of escorting for protection" borrowed from Anglo-French conduit, condet "channel for water, guide, escort party," (also continental Old French), noun derivative from conduit, past participle of conduire "to guide, escort," going back to Latin condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") — more at conduce

Note: The senses of the vernacular word conduit parallel those of Medieval Latin conductus, conductum—see conduct entry 2. The verb conduct entry 1 and the nouns conduct entry 2 and conductor all had vernacular counterparts in Middle English and early Modern English—conduiten, conduit and conduytour—taken from Anglo-French. Of these only conduit has survived in Modern English, and with the restricted sense "channel for water."

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Conduit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


con·​duit ˈkän-ˌd(y)ü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio)
 also  -d(w)ət
: a channel through which water or other fluid is carried
: a pipe, tube, or tile for protecting electric wires or cables

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