Definition of contraption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtræpʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræpʃn//
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a machine or piece of equipment that looks strange She showed us a strange contraption that looked like a satellite dish. Word Originearly 19th cent.: perhaps from contrive (on the pattern of pairs such as conceive, conception), by association with trap.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contraption