con·​tact·​less ˈkän-ˌtakt-ləs How to pronounce contactless (audio)
: not involving contact: such as
: not requiring touching or interaction between people
contactless meal delivery
… many retailers and restaurants have rolled out home delivery along with contactless options, leaving food orders and grocery deliveries on door steps.Dawson White
: relating to or being a technological system (as for making payments) where information is transmitted over short distances (as by near field communication) without physical contact
… hold your phone in front of the contactless payment scanner to authorize the purchase.Robert Patrick
Contactless payment cards are not in wide circulation. Instead, consumers are increasingly making electronic payments with their cellular phones …Chad Bray and Reuben Kyama

Examples of contactless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the technical glitch has also affected the contactless payment system across all of its locations. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 The change was partially in response to the end of the pandemic, during which customers preferred a contactless option, the company said. Rob Wile, NBC News, 15 Mar. 2024 The barista will hand the beverage back in a contactless vessel, Starbucks said. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 In the European Economic Area the update also allows third-party developers to use the iPhone’s NFC features to offer contactless payments, following an antitrust investigation by European Union regulators. Jon Porter, The Verge, 6 Mar. 2024 Pak said the company is looking into features such as contactless payment, glucose monitoring and blood pressure sensing through wearable devices, CNBC reported. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Throughout the arena, the focus is on a no-waiting-in-line experience, reflected in everything from the restrooms — with Intuit Dome housing three times more toilets than the average arena — to food and drink, which will feature contactless payment so guests can grab an item and go. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 There are deep stigmas around drug use and widespread fears around the newfound availability of methamphetamine, MDMA and other drugs, which are sold on the dark web or anonymous messaging apps, paid for with cryptocurrency and delivered in contactless drop-offs. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Prepaid reservations are $15 per person, which includes two seltzers, a souvenir cup and koozie. COVID-19 regulations include mask wearing for anyone who is not seated at a table, hand sanitizer, contactless menus and limiting capacity to 50 guests inside. Deanna Taylor, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contactless was in 1861

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“Contactless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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