receptacle

noun re·cep·ta·cle \ ri-ˈsep-ti-kəl \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of receptacle

1 : one that receives and contains something : container
2
[New Latin receptaculum, from Latin]
a : the end of the flower stalk upon which the floral organs are borne
b : a structure or tissue (as of a fungus or fern) bearing spores or sporangia
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

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Origin and Etymology of receptacle

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


RECEPTACLE Defined for English Language Learners

receptacle

noun

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

noun re·cep·ta·cle \ ri-ˈsep-tə-kəl \

Definition of receptacle for Students

: something used to receive and hold smaller objects
  • a trash receptacle


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