Definition of set-top box in US English:

set-top box


  • A box-shaped device that converts a digital television signal to analogue for viewing on a conventional set, or that enables cable or satellite television to be viewed.

    • ‘That model will likely change when enough Americans have digital set-top boxes in their homes.’
    • ‘In other words, there are not enough digital set-top boxes to go around just yet.’
    • ‘Some of those who fall into this category have a digital set-top box but not a widescreen television.’
    • ‘Digital TV can be received through a digital set-top box or digital television.’
    • ‘Fueling such developments is a dramatic rise in the number of digital set-top boxes reaching the marketplace.’


set-top box

/ˌsetˌtäp ˈbäks//ˌsɛtˌtɑp ˈbɑks/