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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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Recent Examples on the Web Lead is ubiquitous in Paris’ 19th-century architecture — in roofs, gilded balconies, floors and terraces — and not just in its most famous cathedral. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Notre Dame fire highlights global danger of lead dust," 22 Dec. 2019 Lead is ubiquitous in Paris’ 19th-century architecture — in roofs, gilded balconies, floors and terraces — and not just in its most famous cathedral. Thomas Adamson, The Denver Post, "Notre Dame fire wakes the world up to dangers of lead dust," 22 Dec. 2019 The red, snow, and king crabs are enormous and tender; the weathervane scallops, razor and geoduck clams, spot prawns, and wild salmon are ubiquitous. Harry Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Best Experience Alaska’s Burgeoning Local Food Movement, Go in Winter," 20 Dec. 2019 The fish are now ubiquitous in bowls throughout homes, classrooms, and doctor’s offices. National Geographic, "Goldfish aren't the ho-hum fish you thought they were," 20 Oct. 2019 Billboards with the president’s image, paid for by the government, are ubiquitous. The Economist, "Bolivia’s Evo Morales faces his toughest re-election battle yet," 17 Oct. 2019 Years before the Duchess of Sussex wore her trusty pair of black and white Esplar’s in Sydney, Veja was ubiquitous almost exclusively in Paris, where the sustainable brand is headquartered. Lindsey Tramuta, Glamour, "This Meghan Markle-Approved Brand Just Launched a New Sneaker—And It's a Major First," 19 Sep. 2019 Through the classic menus on the wall and regional maps of France, the hustling Chrostowski is ubiquitous. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019 To accommodate the packed room, highballs are served from a machine, a contraption that's ubiquitous now throughout Tokyo. Dallas News, "In the watering holes of Tokyo, the highball reigns supreme," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ubiquitous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ubiquitously. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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