Definition of android in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanˌdroid/


1(In science fiction) a robot with a human appearance.
Example sentences
  • The science fiction fascination with robots and androids is the culmination of this perception of machines as being almost like one of us.
  • Modern Science Fiction abounds with intelligent robots and androids, both good and bad.
  • In the simplest, we have robots or androids who can think but who cannot feel joy, grief, guilt or jealousy.
2 (Android) ( trademark in the UK) An open-source operating system used for smartphones and tablet computers: [as modifier]: I have an Android phone and I like it a lot
More example sentences
  • There have been 4.5 billion Android app downloads.
  • So we will see lots of different people making Androids and making Android apps.
  • The Android tablet hardware isn't that different so they could have something out quickly for another billion or two.


Early 18th century (in the modern Latin form): from modern Latin androides, from Greek anēr, andr- 'man' + -oid.

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Syllabification: an·droid

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