Definition of graphical user interface in US English:

graphical user interface

(also GUI)


  • A visual way of interacting with a computer using items such as windows, icons, and menus, used by most modern operating systems.

    • ‘Linux offers graphical user interfaces with high resolution, multiple windows and menus.’
    • ‘The use of a Web browser to render a graphical user interface provides considerable advantages.’
    • ‘New in this system are Windows-based drop-down menus and graphical user interface icons.’
    • ‘Within three years, fewer than 100 people invented computer networking, client-server computing, graphical user interfaces, and laser printing.’
    • ‘A graphical user interface, similar to those that manipulate e-mail, can be used when dealing with any kind of message.’