dis·​pens·​er di-ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce dispenser (audio)
: one that dispenses: such as
: a container that extrudes, sprays, or feeds out in convenient units
a soap dispenser
: a usually mechanical device for vending merchandise

Examples of dispenser in a Sentence

hospitals and other health-care dispensers
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Dispenser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispenser. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​pens·​er dis-ˈpen(t)-sər How to pronounce dispenser (audio)
: one that dispenses
especially : a container that gives out something a little at a time
a soap dispenser

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