[ dong-guhl, dawng‐ ]
/ ˈdɒŋ gəl, ˈdɔŋ‐ /
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noun Digital Technology.
a hardware device, paired with a licensed copy of a software program, that must be plugged into a computer to authorize every use of the software: an antipiracy dongle.
a device that can be plugged into a hardware port on a computer, television, or other electronic device, to enable access when connecting devices to peripherals, to the internet, or to each other: a USB dongle for wireless internet access;an HDMI dongle with television apps;a display port dongle to connect the laptop to the projector.
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Origin of dongle

First recorded in 1980–85; probably an arbitrary coinage
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British Dictionary definitions for dongle

/ (ˈdɒŋɡəl) /

computing an electronic device that accompanies a software item to prevent the unauthorized copying of programs
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