Definition of wearable in US English:



  • 1(especially of clothing) easy to wear; suitable for wearing.

    ‘the simple tailoring make this a stylish and infinitely wearable collection’
    ‘wearable pieces of jewelry’
    • ‘While it is certainly much easier to impress an audience with elegant evening wear, several of the competitors came up with creative yet wearable designs.’
    • ‘The company says it is aiming to plug the gap it has found in the market for fashionable but wearable clothes for much-neglected 40-plus female shoppers.’
    • ‘On the whole, the collection was quite wearable with a profusion of cuts and colours, but the designer still has some miles to go before the buyers start placing their orders.’
    • ‘I was surprised by how wearable some of the clothes were, but, at 29, I might need some persuading to wear garments from a store that caters for the over-40s.’
    • ‘Well, I was going through my wardrobe, selecting what to sell in my car boot sale and clothes which I had bought ten years ago were still wearable and stylish today because of their superior fabrics and cut.’
    • ‘However, mixed with softer more feminine elements, such as tiered cotton skirts and frilled shirts, this look is extremely wearable.’
    • ‘And so she pulls them apart and then bends a few things and 5 minutes later I have some wearable glasses.’
    • ‘However, every time I pulled this dress out it was perfectly wearable.’
    • ‘Out of an estimated total of nine jumpers I've laboriously knitted for myself in my thirty-two years of life, only one was actually wearable.’
    • ‘Every year, the most successful ideas are invariably the ones that produce smart, affordable and wearable garments that enhance the personality of the wearer without compromising on looks.’
    • ‘Quite often, I wait until Poppy has completely run out of any wearable pants before I reluctantly pull out the ironing board and get things creased down the centre line again.’
    • ‘Here you'll find a more wearable version of the kaftan.’
    • ‘I've played with proportion a bit, but not made the clothes look ridiculous - they are generally quite wearable.’
    • ‘At least the trousers are a bit more wearable than the current ones, and I guess the pale mauve 3/4 sleeve shirt is an improvement on the ugly maroon with white flowers I wear at the moment.’
    • ‘The school also requests that these items of clothing, if they're still wearable - be returned to the school.’
    • ‘‘These are very wearable clothes,’ concurs Shivani, the woman designer behind the new ensemble.’
    • ‘The success of the brands in Singapore and Malaysia is attributed to its single-minded focus on giving the target group of consumers what they want in the way of wearable fashion.’
    • ‘‘Sexy and, at the same time, very, very wearable, all in pastels,’ the voice of the compère, appeared to croon.’
    • ‘Luckily, there are designers in Europe who have captured the beauty and versatility of ethnic designs and produced very wearable results.’
    • ‘The clothes which are young and vibrant, and eminently wearable, come in two shades of pink with some cream combinations.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to a computer or other electronic device that is small or light enough to be worn or carried on one's body.
      ‘a wearable computer could monitor your heart rate and other bodily functions’
      • ‘For all the activity abroad, many cell-phone makers believe today's wearable designs are far from optimal.’
      • ‘A wearable vest could give you directional information.’
      • ‘Sculley envisions some sort of wearable, always-on wireless connections that haven't been invented yet.’
      • ‘For 3D graphics headsets or wearable displays of any sort to become more pervasive, they still need to be less invasive.’
      • ‘Computerworld recently reported on a company that sells wearable body monitors.’
      • ‘It could be used to make artificial nerves, rubbery needles or wearable electronics.’
      • ‘Emoticons could also be sent to wearable computers embedded in jewellery.’
      • ‘A prototype of this wearable unit lowers the temperature of the air moving around the pilot's head and chest by up to 18ºF for over three hours.’
      • ‘They are a by-product of the first university-sponsored conference on wearable computers.’
      • ‘Gartner predicts that 40% of adults will use some form of wearable computing within the next decade.’
      • ‘From Boeing, we have a Combat Management System, intended to fit a fully configurable, wearable PC into a soldier's clothing.’
      • ‘Your wearable coach provides voice updates of your performance as you run.’
      • ‘Microsoft isn't the first to make a run at wearable technology.’
      • ‘Instead, its designers say it represents a leap forward in wearable technology.’
      • ‘Her goal: To blur the usual borders between machines and fashion by making computing technology not only wearable, but more appealing.’
      • ‘A 16-year-old student from Wales is looking for funding to develop a wearable mouse device.’
      • ‘Imagine a wearable computer that gains two additional processors when you put on your shoes.’
      • ‘It's a shame, really, because the watch often seems like a good form factor to be used for carrying additional (wearable) computing power on you.’
      • ‘The wearable device allows people to monitor smoke and project the damage passive smoking can do to their heart, lungs and life expectancy.’


usually wearables
North American
  • An item that can be worn.

    ‘one of the industry's leading manufacturers of fashion-forward wearables’
    ‘the latest wearables are more durable and more mobile than laptop computers’
    • ‘Everyone likes the wearables because they are comfortable and easy to use.’
    • ‘I tend to be more enamored of tablets since wearables often seem too intrusive and geeky.’
    • ‘Right now, wearables are mostly used for military repairs.’
    • ‘Wireless wearables will also serve you on a personal level.’
    • ‘The wearable can be docked in the car as an integrated communications center and general purpose computer for two distinct users of the car.’
    • ‘We now read that men are to be targeted with a range of pink summer wearables by the high-street fashion chains 'cashing in' on the growing phenomenon of ' metrosexuality.’
    • ‘We even saw retail moving toward the higher-end, more expensive "fluffy" embroidered wearable.’
    • ‘The wearable replaces the manual clipboard-and-pen approach of years ago, as well as the more recent approach of carrying a laptop computer, speaking into a microphone attached to that computer, and handling a camera.’
    • ‘Bags need fabric and color, just like a conventional wearable.’
    • ‘As well as the usual collection of extra goodies, Sony is giving away three types of eyewear as an in-game wearable based on player feedback.’
    • ‘"When seeing a wearable over and over, it builds an image for the advertiser, and our job is done."’
    • ‘Packed with the same computing power as some laptops, wearables are still too expensive for average consumers.’
    • ‘Some of the wearables she described were creepy.’
    • ‘In the last three to four years, the public's demand for women's wearables has increased considerably.’
    • ‘And from this, this little series of pendants and wearables was created.’