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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dap-ter]
    • /əˈdæp tər/
    • /əˈdæp.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dap-ter]
    • /əˈdæp tər/

Definitions of adaptor word

  • countable noun adaptor An adaptor is a special device for connecting electrical equipment to a power supply, or for connecting different pieces of electrical or electronic equipment together. 3
  • countable noun adaptor The adaptor of a book or play is the person who rewrites it for a film or a television programme. 3
  • noun adaptor a person or thing that adapts 3
  • noun adaptor any device for connecting two parts, esp ones that are of different sizes or have different mating fitments 3
  • noun adaptor a plug used to connect an electrical device to a mains supply when they have different types of terminals 3
  • noun adaptor a device used to connect several electrical appliances to a single mains socket 3

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Origin of adaptor

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805; adapt + -er1

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Parts of speech for Adaptor


adaptor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adaptor usage trend in Literature

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