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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The ubiquitous welcoming antipasti table (pre-Euro zone health department rules) was laden with a dozen dishes all containing eggplant. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 The main impediments were the ubiquitous, slow-moving ice cream vendors on giant yellow trikes. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Lima’s beautiful boulevard bike paths could be a hit in Chicago," 26 Mar. 2018 That can be really tough to do, especially if your triggers are seemingly ubiquitous, like dust or pollen. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s an Asthma Exacerbation? (Because It Sounds Really Scary.)," 11 July 2018 Then came a trend embraced the world over, along with the subsequent mania for Jenner's first round of Kylie Cosmetics, which centered on her ubiquitous (and often sold out) Lip Kits. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Says No to Lip Filler on Instagram—and Yes to a Bold New Look," 9 July 2018 Such phones, now ubiquitous in the rich world, mean many human beings have, in essence, voluntarily radio-collared themselves. The Economist, "At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts," 28 June 2018 But suddenly this summer, tassel earrings became ubiquitous, and against every odd, the unusual has been made unavoidable. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 Tencent’s WeChat Pay has become ubiquitous in China, helping to turn the humble QR code into an easy means for consumers to buy things and exchange money with each other. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 That’s when the exterior walls were faced with the kind of panels that are ubiquitous, cheap, and so dangerous that their presence now serves as an excuse to tear down and replace social housing projects all over the U.K. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.," 14 June 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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