[ kon-takt-lis ]

  1. noting or relating to RFID technology or devices that use radio waves to relay identifying information to an electronic reader, so that the device does not need to be in direct contact with the reader: contactless credit and debit cards.

  2. of or relating to an activity or interaction in which people do not touch one another or come into close proximity:contactless food delivery.

Origin of contactless

First recorded in 2000–05; contact + -less

Words Nearby contactless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use contactless in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contactless


/ (ˈkɒntæktlɪs) /

  1. without contacts

  2. referring to payment systems which use RFID technology and do not require the customer's signature or pin number

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