[kuh n-vur-tuh-buh l]


capable of being converted.
having a folding top, as an automobile or pleasure boat.
exchangeable for something of equal value: debts payable only in convertible currencies.


an automobile or a boat with a folding top.
a sofa, couch, or chair whose seating section can be folded out into a bed.
Finance. a convertible bond or security.

Origin of convertible

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word convertibilis. See convert1, -ible
Related formscon·vert·i·bil·i·ty, con·vert·i·ble·ness, nouncon·vert·i·bly, adverbnon·con·vert·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·vert·i·ble, adjectivenon·con·vert·i·ble·ness, nounnon·con·vert·i·bly, adverbun·con·vert·i·bil·i·ty, nounun·con·vert·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·vert·i·ble·ness, nounun·con·vert·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for convertible

adaptable, exchangeable, adjustable, modifiable, switchable

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British Dictionary definitions for convertible



capable of being converted
(of a car) having a folding or removable roof
  1. a bond or debenture that can be converted to ordinary or preference shares on a fixed date at a fixed price
  2. (of a paper currency) exchangeable on demand for precious metal to an equivalent value
  3. Canadian (of a mortgage)able to be converted into a longer term mortgage without financial penalty


a car with a folding or removable roof
Derived Formsconvertibility or convertibleness, nounconvertibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for convertible

late 14c., from Old French convertible (13c.), from Late Latin convertibilis "changeable," from Latin convertere (see convert (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1610s; meaning "automobile with a fold-down top" is from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper