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[band-eyd] /ˈbændˌeɪd/
a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
(often lowercase) Informal. a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution that does not satisfy the basic or long-range need:
The proposed reform isn't thorough enough to be more than just a band-aid.
(often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution:
band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.
Origin of Band-Aid
1965-70 for defs 2, 3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had torn open a Band-Aid and was trying to fasten it around his finger.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Band-Aid


trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
(sometimes not capitals) (informal) somethinɡ that provides a temporary solution to a problem
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Word Origin and History for Band-Aid

trademark registered 1924 by Johnson & Johnson for a stick-on gauze pad or strip. See band (n.1) + aid (n.). The British equivalent was Elastoplast. Figurative sense of "temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, pallative" (often lower case, sometimes bandaid) is first recorded 1968; as an adjective, from 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Band-Aid in Medicine

Band-Aid (bānd'ād')

A trademark used for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Band-Aid



: a Band-Aid expedient


A temporary or stopgap remedy: All they did to rectify the problem was to put a Band-Aid on it

[1960s+; fr Band-Aid, trademark for a brand of small adhesive bandages]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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