dongle

noun
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 This dongle uses Corsair’s proprietary Slipstream wireless tech, which has a sub-1ms wireless speed. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 26 Feb. 2021 The special Creative Super X-FI holography headphones connect with the soundbar using a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into a special USB port at the rear of the soundbar. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 May 2021 This handy little dongle is an ideal solution for audiophiles who want to use a pair of high-quality headphones on a modern smartphone that lacks a headphone socket. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 AirTags Not counting the Apple 3.5mm dongle, AirTags might be Apple’s smallest product yet. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Also included in the package is a USB Bluetooth dongle that can bring high-quality voice transmission and Bluetooth phone profiles to computers that don’t have Bluetooth onboard. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 But Intel MacBooks have the same dongle problem, and not all of them are great for gaming. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Mar. 2021 The keyboard can connect to a laptop or desktop computer using Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle or via Bluetooth. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 On the same day, Sony shipped a PlayStation Camera dongle (pictured above) to me as a member of the press. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2020

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Dongle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dongle. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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