gad·​get | \ˈga-jət \

Definition of gadget 

: an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty

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Other Words from gadget

gadgetry \ ˈga-​jə-​trē \ noun
gadgety \ ˈga-​jə-​tē \ adjective

Examples of gadget in a Sentence

The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets. cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets

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Instead, advertisers can pay the company to direct ads to other gadgets in a home after their TV commercials play, or one from a rival airs. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight," 5 July 2018 Amazon has cut prices on almost all of its major devices, for one, while a variety of audio gear and other gadgets can be had for cheaper than usual as well. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take $50 off a PlayStation 4 Pro, plus many more deals for E3," 12 June 2018 One man, working at a front booth at a small building in Kiryas Joel where smartphones and other gadgets are checked for compliance with the restrictions, took a message from a Fox News team that made a personal visit. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic leaders sharply limit members' web, smartphone use: 'It's like we're in North Korea’," 12 June 2018 Her family has the resources to afford web access, smartphones, laptops and other gadgets that keep them close. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Deported by ICE, Blue Line manager still runs hockey bar, prays with family every day," 10 June 2018 Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Back in the day, Apple would preview the next iteration of the iPhone or other new gadgets at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why was there no new hardware at Apple’s WWDC 2018?," 8 June 2018 Get your grilling inspiration in this month's top tweets about everything from pizza to gadgets to meat below. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, "This week in food and drink: Grilling tips and recipes," 19 May 2018 Laptops, smartphones and other gadgets will keep getting better, but the remarkable leaps that revolutionized computing in the '80s, '90s and '00s may be in the past. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel hits a wall on Moore's Law; growth in computing power finally slows," 3 May 2018 That alone makes Lenovo’s standalone headset feel like a big leap forward compared to most existing VR gadgets. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "This New Virtual Reality Headset Could Finally Get You Into VR," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gadget

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gadget

perhaps a sound-symbolic coinage, with final as in fidget entry 1, midget, idjit (nonstandard form of idiot)

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The first known use of gadget was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of gadget

: a small, useful device


gad·​get | \ˈga-jət \

Kids Definition of gadget

: a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual

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