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

Current wearable technology does not take these factors into account, and research is yet to fully unravel how such stimuli can be effectively deployed. Achilleas Pavlou, Quartz, "A lucid dream researcher’s tips for controlling your dreams," 29 June 2019 The company expanded into cameras and wearable technology; one device can be programmed to let women monitor their menstrual cycle. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Gary Burrell, Who Helped People Find Their Way (With GPS), Dies at 81," 20 June 2019 There are nearly limitless possibilities for technology, from things that already exist (like wearable tech) to more out-there ideas (like driverless cars equipped with mini gyms). Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Can Americans Hack Their Way Out of an Aversion to Exercise?," 14 June 2019 The company is reportedly striving to incorporate an optical glucose sensor into its wearable, to help patients with diabetes monitor their blood-sugar levels. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health," 4 June 2019 Earlier today, Yachty posted a video to his Instagram that shows off the new wearable tech (which retail for a whopping $995, by the way)—but somehow that’s the least extravagant part of the clip. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "First Lil Uzi Vert, Now Another Fashion-Obsessed Rapper Tries Out Those Louis Vuitton Earbuds," 1 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So instead of wearables, these are things like, that power themselves by the beating of the heart or ... Eric Johnson, Vox, "The problem with tech people who want to solve problems," 26 June 2019 Scientists are also developing new techniques using wearables, such as silicone wristbands, to determine the relationship between these dust sources and how much of them winds up in a person’s body. Gabriel Filippelli, Quartz, "A geochemist’s simple tricks to reduce dust in your home," 20 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of wearable was in 1590

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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