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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Imagine a world in which cameras equipped with facial recognition were ubiquitous. The Economist, "America mulls regulating facial recognition," 13 July 2019 Vegetarian/vegan options: Just about everything includes meat or seafood, and fish sauce is ubiquitous. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Go to Hue Gourmet for Vietnamese cuisine you can't find anywhere else in metro Phoenix," 10 July 2019 Her editing tricks and her mannerisms are ubiquitous. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "What if Being a YouTube Celebrity Is Actually Backbreaking Work?," 9 July 2019 This time around, the product placement is ubiquitous. Judy Berman, Time, "Season 3 of Stranger Things Proves It Isn't Really a TV Show Anymore—It's a Franchise," 30 June 2019 Harrison’s campaign placards and volunteers were ubiquitous. Bob Moser, The New Yorker, "The High Stakes for Kamala Harris in the South Carolina Primary," 26 June 2019 That design was modified by Adidas, which introduced the black and white paneled balls that were used in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico and are now ubiquitous. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019 Now that laptops are ubiquitous, working on a computer at a desk is an ergonomic misery. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Wrote This on a 30-Year-Old Computer," 11 June 2019 Malnutrition, pellagra, hookworm, and other parasites were ubiquitous. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ubiquitous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of ubiquitous was in 1772

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ubiquitous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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