gad·​get | \ ˈga-jət How to pronounce gadget (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gadgetry (audio) \ noun
gadgety \ ˈga-​jə-​tē How to pronounce gadgety (audio) \ 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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But nobody could explain where the Garfield gadgets kept coming from. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 But the timing of the gadget’s rollout was tone-deaf. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Considering skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with the American Academy of Dermatology estimating one in five Americans will develop the disease in their lifetime, the chic and discreet gadget arrives just in time. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This New Wearable Tech Device—Now in Apple Stores—Is the Future of Sun Protection," 14 Nov. 2018 The gadget comes in two forms—a 10-inch screen that looks like an Echo Show ($199) and Portal + ($349), a pivoting 15-inch tablet that’s affixed to a stand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Facebook enters the home assistant market with Portal," 9 Oct. 2018 Food processors are easily the most versatile kitchen gadget around. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here Are All the Different Ways to Use Your New Food Processor," 15 Jan. 2019 And while there are plenty of new updates to get excited about in the brand's forthcoming products, Twitter users seem to be most thrilled about the new gadget's rainbow of hues and a somewhat more affordable price than its predecessors. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone XR Comes in 6 Colors and Is (Relatively) Affordable," 12 Sep. 2018 On the lower end, these gadgets set you back about $200. Kim Komando, Fox News, "3 smart ways to boost cell signals inside your home," 19 Aug. 2018 While recycling helps mitigate some of that waste, gadget makers have begun experimenting with new materials that can make products more sustainable from the start. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of gadget

1886, 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 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of gadget

: a small, useful device


gad·​get | \ ˈga-jət How to pronounce gadget (audio) \

Kids Definition of gadget

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

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