utilitarian

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noun

util·​i·​tar·​i·​an (ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce utilitarian (audio)
: an advocate or adherent of utilitarianism

utilitarian

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adjective

1
: of or relating to or advocating utilitarianism
2
: marked by utilitarian views or practices
3
a
: of, relating to, or aiming at utility
b
: exhibiting or preferring mere utility
spare utilitarian furnishings

Examples of utilitarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
From there Kate adds in details and decor elements that might seem over the top from the standard utilitarian set up. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 That's the whole beauty of the utilitarian meets beautiful design. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2023
Adjective
The backpack has a bulky, utilitarian feel that traditional backpacking brands embody — in a smaller size — yet is polished with that Lululemon touch. Grace Smith, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024 Mirroring their packing practice, picking basics that could be easily combined and styled together reflects the spirit with which the Spanish duo launched their brand Carrer last year, rooted in wardrobe essentials with a utilitarian flair and streetwear sensibility. Andrea Onate, WWD, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for utilitarian 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1780, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of utilitarian was circa 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Utilitarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilitarian. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

utilitarian

adjective
util·​i·​tar·​i·​an
(ˌ)yü-ˌtil-ə-ˈter-ē-ən
1
: of or relating to utility
2
: aiming at usefulness rather than beauty
utilitarian furniture
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