Meaning of “appliance” in the English Dictionary

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"appliance" in British English

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appliancenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈplaɪ.əns/ us /əˈplaɪ.əns/

C1 a device, machine, or piece of equipment, especially an electrical one that is used in the house, such as a cooker or washing machine:

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  • We stock a wide range of domestic appliances, including fridges, freezers and dishwashers.
  • We recommend that an engineer services your gas appliance annually.
  • Don't plug in an electrical appliance with wet hands - you could get an electric shock.
  • Are all of the kitchen appliances included in the price of the house?
  • Modern appliances such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners and steam irons make housework easier.

(Definition of “appliance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appliance" in American English

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appliancenoun [ C ]

us /əˈplɑɪ·əns/

a device, machine, or piece of equipment, esp. an electrical one that is used in the home, such as a refrigerator or washing machine:

(Definition of “appliance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"appliance" in Business English

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appliancenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈplaɪəns/ us

a device, machine, or piece of equipment, especially an electrical one that is used in the house, such as a cooker or washing machine:

There should be incentives for installing energy-efficient appliances.
domestic/kitchen/household appliances
an appliance company/retailer/maker

(Definition of “appliance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)