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[an-droid] /ˈæn drɔɪd/
an automaton in the form of a human being.
Origin of android
From the New Latin word androīdēs, dating back to 1720-30. See andr-, -oid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Very good, sir," intoned the android, fading from the screen.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • And all this might have worked if the Alice android had not been defective also.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • The tenth android went to a tiny curtained-off kitchenette and returned with a knife.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • The ninth android hobbled back to his chair and waited quietly.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • I knew about the ninth android, and I met the tenth one in front of your apartment that second morning.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
British Dictionary definitions for android


(in science fiction) a robot resembling a human being
resembling a human being
Word Origin
C18: from Late Greek androeidēs manlike; see andro-, -oid


trademark a software package for smartphones, including many application programs
a smartphone that uses this software
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for android

"automaton resembling a human being," 1842, from Modern Latin androides (itself attested as a Latin word in English from 1727), from Greek andro- "human" (see andro-) + eides "form, shape." Greek androdes meant "like a man, manly;" cf. also Greek andrias "image of a man, statue." Listed as "rare" in OED 1st edition (1879), popularized from c.1951 by science fiction writers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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android in Medicine

android an·droid (ān'droid')
Possessing human features and form.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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