Dictionary.com

Plug and Play

Save This Word!

noun
(sometimes lowercase) a standard for the production of compatible computers, peripherals, and software that facilitates device installation and enables automatic configuration of the system.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of Plug and Play

First recorded in 1990–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Plug and Play in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Plug and Play

plug and play

plug'n'play


noun
computing a feature of hardware that enables computers to automatically detect and configure hardware devices without the need for intervention
adjective plug-and-play
capable of detecting the addition of a new input or output device and automatically activating the appropriate control software
Abbreviation: PnP
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK