ubiquitous

adjective
ubiq·​ui·​tous | \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs How to pronounce ubiquitous (audio) \

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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One-use packaging is ubiquitous, especially around the holidays. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Packaging Is Killing Us, and the Holidays Are the Worst," 19 Dec. 2018 This guide is focused on van life: The ubiquitous, Instagram-friendly phenomenon that has people from all walks of life packing their belongings into 75 square feet and hitting the road. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The pressure to be thin is ubiquitous in America, and those who are not can face heartbreaking cruelty. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Megyn Kelly's Most Controversial Moments Ever," 26 Oct. 2018 Though, mine is humble, ubiquitous, and doesn't generally require a savings plan. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "An Ode to Levi's 501s, the Greatest Jeans Of All Time," 22 Aug. 2018 Diskin Cider 1235 Martin Street Sweet tea is ubiquitous in the South, but fruit tea is a distinctly Nashville riff on the thirst-quenching staple. Alia Akkam, Billboard, "Nashville Remastered: Five Renovated Landmarks Generating Excitement in Music City," 5 June 2018 Nell Diamond started Hill House Home as an ecommerce-era answer to the monogrammed bedding that was ubiquitous in her childhood home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Is the Direct-to-Consumer Bedding You Should Buy," 5 Mar. 2019 Further, researchers argue that Disney princesses, who can be so ubiquitous in young children’s lives, especially little girls,’ perpetuate already-extreme and unrealistic ideals of beauty and body image. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "You’re Not Crazy—Disney Princesses Have Insanely Small Waists (and Looking at Them Is Not Great for Kids)," 17 Jan. 2019 One result is that the small multipurpose police stations that are ubiquitous in urban Xinjiang are cropping up in neighboring provinces. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

see ubiquity

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ubiquitous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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