hard·​ware ˈhärd-ˌwer How to pronounce hardware (audio)
: ware (such as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
: major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose
educational hardware
: such as
: military equipment
: the physical components (such as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (such as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (such as a computer)
: an award (such as a trophy, medal, or cup) given in a sports competition

Example Sentences

She bought some new hardware for her system. gathered together the hardware needed to set up a first aid station at the finish line for the marathon
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardware was in the 15th century

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“Hardware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


hard·​ware ˈhär-ˌdwa(ə)r How to pronounce hardware (audio)
: articles (as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
: the equipment used for a particular purpose
computer hardware
military hardware

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