sub·​menu ˈsəb-ˌmen-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce submenu (audio)
variants or sub-menu
plural submenus or sub-menus
: a secondary menu (as in a computer application) : a list of choices that is part of another list of choices
On selecting one of these sections, students should then be presented with a submenu which lists specific options related to the selected topic.Paul F. Merrill et al.
The menu-driven format permits the user to funnel easily between the minor menus and the accompanying submenus.Jack J. Ford

Examples of submenu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hulu, Disney+, and Prime Video force users to click over to a left-hand submenu and then scroll down a bit to finally get to their lists. Vulture, 27 Oct. 2023 Track mode opens a submenu that includes Dragstrip, Hot Lap, and Endurance programs, which condition the battery and energy management to offer either the most for a short time or enough for a longer session. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2023 Similarly, the switch that one used to use to switch between hybrid modes—pure EV, hybrid, and engine-always-on—has now also been deleted and those controls relegated to a submenu in the infotainment system, which is more than a little annoying. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Feb. 2023 Console-specific submenu. Sam MacHkovech, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 From there, select the menu that says Security\Secure Boot or something to that effect and then select the Image Execution Policy submenu. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2023 Things Together button is signified by smiley faces and leads to an activity submenu. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of submenu was in 1981

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“Submenu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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