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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Over the last year, gadget and software makers have developed ways for users to better manage their relationship with technology. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the ‘Away’ Message," 1 July 2018 Companies like Google, Amazon and Apple have for several years offered coffee table gadgets and smartphone apps that answer simple questions or perform simple tasks. Cade Metz, Steve Lohr, Anchorage Daily News, "IBM unveils computer that 'debates' with humans," 19 June 2018 And on Saturday, the museum opens a new exhibit: the Hall of Heroes, which allows patrons to immerse themselves in the world of superheroes, crime fighters, gadgets and spies. Cassie Armstrong,, "10 fun — and dry — things to do on this rainy Memorial Day weekend," 25 May 2018 The access to top-of-the-line gadgets and record sales are simply a perk of the job, not the priority. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Facts About David Venable, Your Beloved QVC Host From "In the Kitchen With David"," 7 May 2018 Engineers at the University of Cincinnati are teaming up with Air Force Research Laboratory and working on engineering clothing that could one day power gadgets, including a cell phone. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Air Force's Iron Man suit could also be used to power up gadgets," 12 July 2018 That’s because the latest microphones and their attached microprocessors process human speech in the gadget itself, without connecting to the cloud. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere," 12 July 2018 The online sale exclusive to Prime members offers over a million rapid-fire deals on TVs, smart home gadgets, kitchen items, groceries, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances, back-to-school supplies, and everyday essentials. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "How to Know if Amazon Prime Is Truly Worth It for You and Your Family," 10 July 2018 Earlier prohibitions on making cell phone calls and text messages aimed to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, instead of staring down at small, finicky gadgets. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gadget.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gadget

Dictionary Entries near gadget








Statistics for gadget

Last Updated

7 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gadget

The first known use of gadget was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gadget



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gadget

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gadget

Spanish Central: Translation of gadget

Nglish: Translation of gadget for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of gadget for Arabic Speakers

Comments on gadget

What made you want to look up gadget? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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