don·​gle | \ ˈdäŋ-gəl How to pronounce dongle (audio) , ˈdȯŋ- \

Definition of dongle

: a small device that plugs into a computer and serves as an adapter or as a security measure to enable the use of certain software

Examples of dongle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roku, the industry leader, has a 4K dongle with remote for $40. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s leaked TV dongle looks like a merger of Android TV and Chromecast," 3 June 2020 The company, helmed by Jack Dorsey, started out offering a phone dongle so that small businesses could accept credit card payments but is now seeing surging use of its peer-to-peer payments product known as Cash App. Julie Verhage,, "Square Earnings Beat Estimates With Focus on Growth in Cash App," 8 May 2020 IOGear’s new Share Pro wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver kit offers something rather interesting: 60GHz transmissions, connected using either a dongle form factor or a USB-C connector slot. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 The dongle can be plugged into the back of a TV and will load up TiVo's service for broadband customers and also use AI to make recommendations, similar to TiVo Plus, but as a hardware solution. Shannon Liao, CNN, "How TiVo is trying to make a comeback," 19 Sep. 2019 Prime Video will also be available for streaming to Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra dongles and Android TV sets and boxes, and YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will make their way to Amazon devices later this year. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Amazon and Google declare truce, allow YouTube and Prime video streaming on each other’s devices," 9 July 2019 On the other hand, the demonstrations of the products were remarkably matter-of-fact, not much more titillating than listening to a marketing rep explain how a dongle could be used to connect a laptop to a 4K display. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES," 8 Jan. 2020 Plenty of cables, chargers and dongles are all seeing price reductions. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Apple's discounting tons of accessories and even the iPad this Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 Instead of the usual rectangular shape of consoles (and DVD players and pretty much everything that hooks up to TVs that's not a dongle), the Series X is a square tower, that's seemingly noticeably taller than a full sized Amazon Echo. Chris Morris, Fortune, "3 Things Microsoft Must Do to Make Xbox Series X a Hit," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dongle

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dongle

perhaps alteration of dangle

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19 Jun 2020

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“Dongle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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