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

 

dongle

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdɒŋɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːŋɡl//
 
, NAmE//ˈdɔːŋɡl//
 
(computing) Computer hardware
 
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a small device that is used with a computer, especially to access protected software or the Internet See related entries: Computer hardware Word Origin 1980s: an arbitrary formation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dongle