receptacle

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noun re·cep·ta·cle \ri-ˈsep-ti-kəl\

Definition of receptacle

  1. 1 :  one that receives and contains something :  container

  2. 2 [New Latin receptaculum, from Latin] a :  the end of the flower stalk upon which the floral organs are borneb :  a structure or tissue (as of a fungus or fern) bearing spores or sporangia

  3. 3 :  a mounted female electrical fitting that contains the live parts of the circuit

Examples of receptacle in a sentence

  1. She used the box as a receptacle for her jewelry.

  2. <place all wrappers in the trash receptacles at the entrances of the theater>

Origin and Etymology of receptacle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin receptaculum, from receptare to receive, frequentative of recipere to receive


First Known Use: 15th century


RECEPTACLE Defined for English Language Learners

receptacle

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noun re·cep·ta·cle \ri-ˈsep-ti-kəl\

Definition of receptacle for English Language Learners

  • : a container that is used to hold something

  • : a device into which an electric cord can be plugged in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.


RECEPTACLE Defined for Kids

receptacle

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noun re·cep·ta·cle \ri-ˈsep-tə-kəl\

Definition of receptacle for Students

  1. :  something used to receive and hold smaller objects <a trash receptacle>



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