wear·​able | \ ˈwer-ə-bəl How to pronounce wearable (audio) \

Definition of wearable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being worn : suitable to be worn wearable art a wearable fitness tracker These were clothes that were fun to look at, and even more fun to wear. They were costumey, but at the same time curiously wearable— Carrie Donovan



Definition of wearable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a garment or a device) that can be worn usually used in plural summer wearablesConsumer wearables … have the potential to move from tracking simple metrics like steps and heart rates to providing actionable health information.— Rinku Patel

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wearability \ ˌwer-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce wearability (audio) \ noun

Examples of wearable in a Sentence


high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ellen Schuman will showcase colorful paintings as wearable art on jackets and purses, as well as the traditional canvas. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 13 June 2019 The nude palette that launched a million nude palettes cemented the brand's icon status and perfectly nailed the right balance of being wearable but not boring. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 With people holding on to iPhones longer, Apple is looking to a combination of services and wearable devices. ... Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Launches New AirPods in Wearables Push," 20 Mar. 2019 My friends NorBlack NorWhite make exciting, wearable, and super easy-going immigrantwear. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 The British e-tailer consistently offers pieces that nail all the current trends, both wearable and boundary-pushing. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "12 Best Places to Shop for Affordable Wedding Dresses," 4 May 2018 Fall celebrated the tracksuit, with new twists in the way of chiffons and sequins added in a bid to make things wearable for today, Mizrahi explained. Kari Hamanaka | Wwd, latimes.com, "Juicy Couture track collection boasts major bling courtesy of Swarovski," 29 Mar. 2018 Looking to provide the perfect option for the alternative bride, the brand is tapping into its inherent architectural, contemporary aesthetic to offer fashion-forward brides a look that's both wearable and sentimental. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Spinelli Kilcollin is Launching Bridal For Spring/Summer 2017," 10 Apr. 2017 Currently, many medical devices and pieces of wearable tech meld Bluetooth technology with a body area network, also known as a BAN. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Design a Network That Lives Inside Your Body," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Qualcomm has sent out invitations for a September 10th press event focused on smartwatches (via Android Police), which would suggest a new wearables-focused chip is on the way. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s overdue smartwatch chip may finally come on September 10th," 8 Aug. 2018 Though Apple has been making watches since 2015, the sales figures for the product have been bundled with other wearables, causing some early on to deem the product a flop. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Apple Is Officially Taking Over the Watch Business," 20 Feb. 2018 Fitbit still hasn't activated its SpO2 monitors in its wearables (although that feature should roll out in beta in November), but Garmin has. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data," 27 Oct. 2018 In recent years, wearables like scarves and jewelry have become especially popular, giving museums the chance to work their artworks and products into people’s everyday lives. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 Smart Bed Having a perfect night's sleep is vital to overall health and people have been using smart wearables like Fitbit to track nightly sleeping patterns. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018 Revenue for wearables and related accessories surged 33% to a record $7.3 billion. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple’s Supporting Cast Can’t Carry the Show," 29 Jan. 2019 Polar announced the new Vantage series of wearables today, which includes the $499 Vantage V and $279 Vantage M fitness watches. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Polar’s new Vantage V and M smartwatches are its most attractive yet," 13 Sep. 2018 All the following wearables will work with both iPhones and Android handsets. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wearable


1590, in the meaning defined above


1711, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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