Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “button”

See all translations

button

noun [C] uk   /ˈbʌt.ən/ us    /ˈbʌt̬-/

button noun [C] (ON CLOTHING)

B1 a small, usually circular object used to fasten something, for example a shirt or coat: I did up/undid (= fastened/unfastened) the buttons on my blouse.
More examples

button noun [C] (ON MACHINE)

B1 a small, sometimes circular object that you press to operate a device or a machine, or an area on a computer screen that looks and acts like one of these: He inserted the disk and pressed the "play" button.

button

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈbʌt.ən/ us    /ˈbʌt̬-/
to fasten something, usually a piece of clothing, using buttons: Button (up) your coat, it's cold outside.
Idioms
Translations of “button”
in Korean 단추, 버튼…
in Arabic زُرّ…
in French bouton…
in Turkish düğme, bir şeyi açıp kapama düğmesi, tuş…
in Italian bottone, pulsante, interruttore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 衣服上, 鈕扣,扣子…
in Russian пуговица, кнопка…
in Polish guzik, przycisk…
in Spanish botón…
in Portuguese botão…
in German der Knopf…
in Catalan botó…
in Japanese (洋服の)ボタン, (機材の)ボタン, スイッチ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 衣服上, 纽扣,扣子…
(Definition of button from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of button?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “button” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More