must-have

noun

: something that is essential to have or obtain
must-have adjective

Examples of must-have in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of must-have was in 1839

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“Must-have.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/must-have. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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