ubiquitous

adjective
ubiq·​ui·​tous | \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs \

Definition of ubiquitous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread a ubiquitous fashion

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Other Words from ubiquitous

ubiquitously adverb
ubiquitousness noun

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Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning "presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously." Ubiquity first appeared in print in the late 16th century, but ubiquitous didn't make an appearance until 1830. (Another noun form, ubiquitousness, arrived around 1874.) Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for "everywhere," which is ubique. Ubiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration for things and people that seem to turn up everywhere, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you're apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit.

Examples of ubiquitous in a Sentence

Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. — Paul Lucas, Saveur, June/July 2008 Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. — Chris Dart, Torontoist, 8 Feb. 2007 In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous appendages for pitchers, who wrap their shoulder or elbow or both, the better to calm muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been stressed by the unnatural act of throwing a baseball. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 26 Mar. 2007 It was before the day of the ubiquitous automobile. Given one of those present adjuncts to farm life, John would have ended his career much earlier. As it was, they found him lying by the roadside at dawn one morning after the horses had trotted into the yard with the wreck of the buggy bumping the road behind them. — Edna Ferber, "Farmer in the Dell," 1919, in One Basket1949 The company's advertisements are ubiquitous. by that time cell phones had become ubiquitous, and people had long ceased to be impressed by the sight of one
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Restaurants associated with big-name chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Joël Robuchon are as ubiquitous as family-style buffets and Vietnamese hole-in-the-walls. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Low-Key (But Still Luxe) Las Vegas," 22 Oct. 2018 Not only was Clinique a lot of girls' introduction to fancier-than-drugstore makeup back then, but Black Honey was as ubiquitous as a lipstick shade could be. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Posts Throwback Photo of Her Favorite 7th-Grade Lipstick," 21 Sep. 2018 Alaska’s appetite for oil is as ubiquitous as the state’s proliferating examples of a changing climate. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 While not as ubiquitous as Santal 33, Glossier’s Emily Weiss has mentioned it as one of her favorites for years (Tatcha’s Vicky Tsai also loves it). Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "This Perfume Is Impossible to Find, and I Love It," 15 June 2018 As a result, pharmaceuticals chemically inspired by the opium poppy became as ubiquitous as Band-Aids. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Building a Better Painkiller," 11 May 2018 But how did the meme catch fire and become as ubiquitous with the start of the month as May showers? Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Justin Timberlake's 'It's gonna be May' meme, explained," 1 May 2018 Tracer coming to Masters The technology has become as ubiquitous as leader boards. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Masters notes: McIlroy gets another shot at career Grand Slam," 3 Apr. 2018 For as inescapable as Azalea’s music was during her year-long run, her social media dust-ups and defensive responses to accusations of cultural appropriation that came from within and around the hip-hop community became just as ubiquitous. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Iggy Azalea: 'I'm Still Here, Cleaning Up The Mess Now'," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

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ubiquitous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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