1. (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.
  1. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of band-aid

Historical Examples of band-aid

  • 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


  1. trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
  2. (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.

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band-aid in Medicine


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