[ ad-on, -awn ]
/ ˈædˌɒn, -ˌɔn /


a device or unit added to equipment or a construction: an add-on to a computer; a nice add-on to an old house.
an extra charge: Add-ons for taxes and tour guide fees boosted the price of the vacation to $2,500.
an additional item, as a rider or provision: This is just another legislative add-on.
anything added on: a hi-fi system that can be augmented with add-ons like extra speakers.


being installed or provided as an add-on: an add-on speaker system.

Nearby words

  1. add fuel to the fire,
  2. add insult to injury,
  3. add up,
  4. add up to,
  5. add-in,
  6. add.,
  7. addams,
  8. addams, charles samuel,
  9. addams, jane,
  10. addax

Origin of add-on

First recorded in 1945–50; noun and adj. use of verb phrase add on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for add-on

British Dictionary definitions for add-on



a feature that can be added to a standard model or package to give increased benefits
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Word Origin and History for add-on



"additional component," 1941, from add (v.) + on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper