con·​vert·​ible | \kən-ˈvər-tə-bəl \

Definition of convertible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of being converted a bond convertible to 12 shares of common stock

2 : having a top that may be lowered or removed convertible coupe



Definition of convertible (Entry 2 of 2)

: something convertible especially : a convertible automobile

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Other Words from convertible


convertibility \ kən-​ˌvər-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
convertibleness \ kən-​ˈvər-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
convertibly \ kən-​ˈvər-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of convertible in a Sentence


The bonds are convertible into stock.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Total driving distance: 11.2 milesBest convertible for the trip: McLaren 570S Spider. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Convertible Drives Across the U.S.," 26 July 2018 The original Yoga Book was intriguing; an ultra-thin convertible with a 10.1-inch screen that was available running Android (for $500) or Windows 10 ($650). James Vincent, The Verge, "Lenovo is working on a successor to its weird Yoga Book convertible," 1 June 2018 Expect a convertible and a Gran Coupe to follow, as the 8-series will eventually supplant the 6-series in BMW’s line. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Spies Like Us: BMW Releases Images of 8-series Coupe Undergoing Testing," 25 Jan. 2018 Photo: Ford Motor Company Archives The 1960 Edsel Ranger, based on a Ford Ranger two-door, was produced in the final year of the Edsel brand’s short life, as coupe, sedan, convertible and station wagon. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Real Reason Ford Is Phasing Out Its Sedans," 3 May 2018 Studio, 306 to 515 square feet, from $1,550; junior or convertible one-bedroom, 389 to 527 square feet, from $1,850; one-bedroom, 417 to 744 square feet, from $1,850; two-bedroom, 933 square feet, $3,600. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "Historic Bush Temple, once a piano showroom, gets second life as boutique apartments," 26 Apr. 2018 There's the 12-foot unicorn, the giant swan and convertible, and even bacon. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Celebrate America's Birthday While Riding A Giant Bald Eagle Float," 2 July 2018 She was shown riding a bus along the Amalfi coast before catching the eye of a passing hunk in a convertible. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 All three arrived in a black convertible, similar to a Chrysler Sebring. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Police want these Elk Grove lottery ticket burglars. Here's what you need to know," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jamie Chua/Instagram Jamie Chua, a Singaporean Instagram influencer and multimillionaire, recently posted a photo of herself tumbling out of a pink convertible. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The #FallingStars challenge highlights extreme wealth — and extreme inequality," 26 Oct. 2018 The magnesium frame bonded to the leather lid is lighter, helping the Spectre Folio avoid the top-heavy feel of some convertibles. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious," 1 Oct. 2018 Dell enabled Modern Standby mode on the Inspiron 7000 convertibles as well. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14," 29 Aug. 2018 The sleek convertible that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their grand getaway in was a Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which is a modern, electrified version of the 1968 classic built by the automaker. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Harry and Meghan's blue Jaguar is a $500,000 green machine," 19 May 2018 One of just 31 built, the convertible appeared to be beyond repair, but Vantage Motor Works in Miami restored it when Jim George purchased the convertible. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Saddam Hussein’s 1958 Bentley stars at Concours d'Elegance of America," 11 July 2018 Hispanic leaders rode in convertibles behind Mayor Sylvester Turner when the parade kicked off. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Cinco de Mayo parade a colorful expression of heritage, pride," 5 May 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan drove off to their evening reception, hosted by Prince Charles, from Windsor Castle in a silver-blue Jaguar convertible. Diana Pearl,, "Stella McCartney's Sketch of Meghan Markle's Sexy Reception Dress Is Just as Jaw-Dropping!," 20 May 2018 The pen's slim design also allows it to function without a battery, unlike so many other pens that work with popular convertibles. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Stylus convenience, devoid of style," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of convertible


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1615, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of convertible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to be changed into another form



English Language Learners Definition of convertible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a car with a roof that can be lowered or removed


con·​vert·​ible | \kən-ˈvərt-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of convertible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: possible to change in form or use



Kids Definition of convertible (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an automobile with a top that can be raised, lowered, or removed

2 : something that can be changed into a different form

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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