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

And while the Air, Earth, and Fire shades are everyday-wearable tones of champagne and pink, the Water shade is, true to its muse, an incredible shade of blue. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Super-Shimmery Zodiac Makeup Collection," 12 July 2018 The clothes are highly photogenic and make sense on a stage, but in his seventh season, Palomo is expanding into slightly more casual, real-life-wearable stuff, too. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Palomo Spain Returns to Madrid for Spring 2019—and Reveals a New, More Casual Direction," 9 July 2018 From the avant-garde to the wearable, experimentation and design were taken to the next level at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual fashion show held at the Spertus Institute earlier this month. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Our favorite looks from the SAIC fashion show," 23 May 2018 Best wearable: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music addresses the biggest complaint with last year's Garmin Vivoactive 3—lack of music storage. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The best PCs, gadgets, and wearables of CES 2018," 12 Jan. 2018 Google isn’t positioning Clips as a replacement for your smartphone’s camera or a GoPro-like wearable action camera, either. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Review: Google's Tiny New Camera Uses AI to Become Your Personal Photographer," 27 Feb. 2018 GoPro’s durable, wearable digital cameras created a new specialty market in action photography and video. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "GoPro losing its Karma drone, slashing workforce; will consider sale," 8 Jan. 2018 Google’s life sciences division, for example, has been working on combining nanoparticles with a wearable device to create the ultimate cancer detector. Erika Hayasaki, Newsweek, "Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial," 21 July 2015 Other companies have tried to break into the fitness wearable market, but FitBit remains an industry leader, having sold more than 67 million units. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Among wearables makers, IDC said Apple (aapl, +1.36%) took the top spot with 16% of the market. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Fitbit Finally Has Another Hit on Its Customers' Wrists," 4 June 2018 Media: AutomotoTV Or Wiltse, the former engineer who traded her desk job for a full-time gig transforming metals and plastics into wearables. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Featured jewelry artists show off Bayou City Art Festival-appropriate accessories," 21 Mar. 2018 From the Fitbit Charge HR to the iPhone 6, Brent's stress tests uncover compelling results that demonstrate why wearables with heart rate monitors win. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018 As wearables become more ubiquitous, scientists are looking forwards towards the problems these new technologies may present. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Magnetic Ink Would Let Broken Wearable Heal Themselves," 5 Nov. 2016

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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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