em·​u·​la·​tor ˈem-yə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce emulator (audio)
: one that emulates
: hardware or software that permits programs written for one computer to be run on another computer

Examples of emulator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Programmers can scale down emulators (computers programmed to act like other computers) to emulate the SLS vehicle, the rocket and the capsule. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2023 The team is bringing back some of the games by integrating the Ruffle emulator for the now-defunct Adobe Flash, and more than 50 games will be brought back starting on July 25th. Jay Peters, The Verge, 18 July 2023 Over 50 web browser games from the site’s past have been restored via an emulator and are playable right now. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 26 July 2023 That includes getting many of the older games built on Adobe Flash up and running with the Ruffle emulator; Neopets says more than 50 games will be playable starting on July 25th. Jay Peters, The Verge, 20 July 2023 And Apple does not allow retro console emulators on the App Store. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 20 Mar. 2023 Xbox emulator makers and users can't say they weren't warned. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2023 To address this, the toolkit includes an emulator that can run a Windows game on a Mac. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 6 June 2023 The online mode, made possible thanks to a patched emulator and a prototype Wi-Fi cartridge, launched in 2020. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'emulator.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


borrowed from Latin aemulātor, from aemulārī "to vie with, rival, imitate" + -tor, agent suffix — more at emulate entry 1

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of emulator was in 1589

Dictionary Entries Near emulator

Cite this Entry

“Emulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulator. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on emulator

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!