wear·​able | \ˈwer-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun

Examples of wearable in a Sentence


high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Like every other Wear OS watch, the Sport is a wearable that works well as a tool for notifications, tracking your workout, or asking Google Assistant a question. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch review: new watch, same old tricks," 20 Nov. 2018 Nothing is new, there are rumors that Samsung is going to be coming out with a new wearable in the next couple of weeks, which would be a surprise. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Lauren Goode returns for the final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask," 3 Aug. 2018 The wearable, called the Sport Smartwatch, comes in six different colors — gray, pink, red, blue, green, and black — in both 41mm and 43mm sizes. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch debuts with new Wear 3100 chip and Wear OS," 8 Nov. 2018 The steps forward in health monitoring alone point to a new era for Apple's wearable, and users who could benefit most from them have a compelling reason to shell out $399 or more for the Series 4. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018 There are few days of the year when Nick Brown, founder of the chic, eminently wearable espadrille brand Soludos, isn’t circling the globe for inspiration. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Soludos Founder Nick Brown on Why He Keeps Returning to Croatia," 22 Aug. 2018 For example, helmets with high-resolution thermal sensors, wearable computers, various kinds of conformal body armor and even many weapons systems are now being built into a range of Ironman-like exoskeletons. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army prototypes new self-powering 'Iron Man' soldier suits," 6 June 2018 Apple’s allocation of resources to the watch shows that the company is treating the wearable computer as the post-smartphone device. Jack Nicas, Brian X. Chen And Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Apple’s WWDC 2018 Live: Apple Still Wants to Be Different," 5 June 2018 This includes credit card numbers, travel records, religious affiliations, web search results, biometric data from wearable fitness monitors, and internet (IP) and personal computer addresses. Kristy Westgard, Bloomberg.com, "In Europe They’re Giving Users Control of Their Online Data," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are clearly some behavioral traits that wearables haven’t fully understood yet. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch review: new watch, same old tricks," 20 Nov. 2018 Earlier this month, Spotify brought its standalone app to Garmin Fenix 5 wearables. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support," 17 Oct. 2018 Fitbit’s wearables now track sleep and pledge to diagnose issues, and Apple’s iOS gives the iPhone several ways to track sleep too. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 All other device makers combined to ship 29.9 million wearables during the period. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's iPhone Is Alive and Well—And Will Set New Records," 3 Mar. 2018 Garmin's Vivoactive 3 held one of the top spots in my list of last year's best wearables. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch," 13 June 2018 So tech giants are building the beginning of something new: a less insistently visual tech world, a digital landscape that relies on voice assistants, headphones, watches and other wearables to take some pressure off our eyes. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.," 27 June 2018 Gadgets Tech writer Brent Rose debunks a study claiming smartphones are as good as wearables at tracking activity. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018 Users are limited only to iTunes and Apple Music when using an Apple Watch, and Fitbit's music tool in Fitbit Connect is clunky and slow to transfer music to a connected wearable. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch," 13 June 2018

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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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