Plug and Play


(sometimes lowercase) a standard for the production of compatible computers, peripherals, and software that facilitates device installation and enables automatic configuration of the system.

Origin of Plug and Play

First recorded in 1990–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for plug and play

plug and play



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
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