[ an-droid ]
/ ˈæn drɔɪd /


an automaton in the form of a human being.

Nearby words

  1. androgyne,
  2. androgynism,
  3. androgynophore,
  4. androgynous,
  5. androgyny,
  6. android pelvis,
  7. andrology,
  8. andromache,
  9. andromaque,
  10. andromeda

Origin of android

From the New Latin word androīdēs, dating back to 1720–30. See andr-, -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for android


/ (ˈændrɔɪd) /


(in science fiction) a robot resembling a human being


resembling a human being

Word Origin for android

C18: from Late Greek androeidēs manlike; see andro-, -oid


/ (ˈændrɔɪd) /


trademark a software package for smartphones, including many application programs
a smartphone that uses this software
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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

Medicine definitions for android


[ ăndroid′ ]


Possessing human features and form.

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