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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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 Other buzzy topics: blue-blocking glasses, meditation and breath-monitoring gadgets, acupuncture, supplements, and essential oils. Maridel Reyes, Glamour, "'Biohacking' Your Anxiety Is a Buzzy Practice—but What Does It Actually Mean?," 16 Oct. 2018 In addition to the Pixel 3, Google likely has some other gadgets in store, and rumors include a wireless charging stand, updates to the Google Chromecast, and perhaps a new Pixelbook Chromebook or a Pixel Slate tablet. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Google's Pixel 3 Reveal Event Here, Live," 9 Oct. 2018 Experimental gadgets, like facial-recognition glasses, have begun to appear. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Thanks to the coffee-making gizmos, gadgets, and tools displayed on the counter, this slim joint in artsy Smithfield has the vibe of a science lab. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Coffee Shops in Dublin," 20 June 2018 Inside, there's an assortment of items that might include fine foods, beverages, tech gadgets, handmade dishware, handcrafted creations, artisanal cuisine and more. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "This CNN-exclusive subscription box is the Father's Day gift we all want," 30 May 2018 Here are three gadgets likely to appeal to some common furry breeds. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Beard Trimmers for Each Man’s Grooming Quirks," 21 Nov. 2018 The only main stage session completely dedicated to transportation felt more like a series of infomercials for green gadgets: Electric cars! Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit," 18 Sep. 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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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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