Definition of dongle in English:

dongle

Line breaks: don¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒŋg(ə)l
 
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noun

Computing
  • A small device able to be connected to and used with a computer, especially to allow access to wireless broadband or use of protected software.
    More example sentences
    • Periodically the software queries the dongle.
    • Seems the client had plugged their ethernet dongle into their USB port.
    • We must look to memory-based removable media for digital cameras and dongles.

Origin

1980s: an arbitrary formation.

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