gadget

noun
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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This year, new treatments, gadgets, and beauty products arrived at a fevered clip. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "The 6 Biggest Skincare Breakthroughs of 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 Shop for everything from outdoor furniture to sunrooms, tools, garden gadgets, gutter gardens, vintage items. idahostatesman, "The Boise Flower and Garden Show is March 23-25 | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Amazon, Apple, Google all released new or updated voice gadgets. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 These gadgets have about as much to do with artificial intelligence as does a modern cuckoo clock. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, "‘Gods and Robots’ Review: Men, Myths and Machines," 7 Dec. 2018 The Good Vibrations As the gold medal winner of the 2018 Edison Awards, which recognizes groundbreaking technology in wellness, this anxiety-minimizing gadget lives up to the recognition. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays," 19 Nov. 2018 There are gadgets aplenty alongside the lifestyle-y goods. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Higher Standards Pop-up Offers Next Level Cannabis Accessories," 19 June 2018 Arranged over two levels, the museum’s focus is on digital and interactive installations—a fitting choice, considering Bond’s penchant for high-tech gadgets. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mountaintop Museum Highlights the History of Bond—James Bond," 19 June 2018 Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 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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gadget

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gadget

: a small, useful device

gadget

noun
gad·​get | \ ˈga-jət \

Kids Definition of gadget

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

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