want ad

noun

Definition of want ad

:a newspaper advertisement stating that something (such as an employee, employment, or a specified item) is wanted

Examples of want ad in a Sentence

  1. She checked the want ads to find a new job.

First Known Use of want ad

1895


WANT AD Defined for English Language Learners

want ad

noun

Definition of want ad for English Language Learners

  • : a notice in a newspaper, magazine, etc., that lets people know about something that you want to buy or sell, a job that is available, etc.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up want ad? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

agreeable, attractive, or delicious

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!