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wear·​able ˈwer-ə-bəl How to pronounce wearable (audio)
: 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 wearableCarrie Donovan
wearability noun


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

Examples of wearable in a Sentence

Adjective high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable
Recent Examples on the Web
The timeless silhouette is wearable for every day and transitions easily from season to season. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Makers of the sam® wearable ultrasound unit demonstrate how its devices promote injury healing and complement orthopedic surgery procedures. Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 The benefits for a wearable that’s tracking details in the background are considerable. David Phelan, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety gave its nod of approval last fall for using wearable devices to detect breathing interruptions that are commonly associated with the sleep disorder, and the update will roll out there first. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 9 Feb. 2024 Well, the Catalonia Oversized Blanket Hoodie has 21,000-plus five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers, many of whom are travelers and love the comfy wearable blankie for its impressively portable design and ultra-warm fleece lining. Kristine Thomason, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 The Apple Watch, one of the company’s best-selling products and a frontrunner in the global wearable medical device market, which is predicted to be worth $132.5 billion by 2031, has faced years of legal challenges. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 Ironically, her final collection may be her most wearable yet. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Yet despite the sci-fi ideas and bold names, the gear itself is exceedingly wearable, relatively low-key even when extremely technical. Josh Condon, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2024
The paper also assumes consumers are interested in sharing their health data with their doctors, a position endorsed by a remarkable 91% of respondents to an October, 2023 consumer wearables survey. Michael L. Millenson, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The Hypervolt Go2 is a powerful percussive massager that’s small enough to toss in a gym bag, while the Venom line of wearables combines heat and vibration to provide near-instant relaxation. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 7 Feb. 2024 Apple, for its part, believes that Masimo’s legal strategy is designed at least partially to carve out space in the wearables market for its own health-tracking watch with a blood oxygen measuring feature. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 At the end of 2023, Apple was barred from selling the two wearables by the US International Trade Commission because of a dispute over a patent for the technology Apple uses in the watches’ blood-oxygen sensor. Michael Calore, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2024 With wearables, women often feel like an afterthought in design. Victoria Song, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 For all their potential to drive changes in health, wearables have struggled to gain a foothold in medicine. Katie Palmer, STAT, 28 Sep. 2023 By Victoria Song, a senior reporter focusing on wearables, health tech, and more with 11 years of experience. Victoria Song, The Verge, 18 Jan. 2024 These wearables can’t measure respiration directly, just variations in heart rate presumably caused by breathing. Celia Ford, WIRED, 7 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1590, in the meaning defined above


1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wearable was in 1590

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“Wearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wearable. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: capable of being worn : suitable to be worn

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