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[kuh n-vur-tuh-buh l] /kənˈvɜr tə bəl/
capable of being converted.
having a folding top, as an automobile or pleasure boat.
exchangeable for something of equal value:
debts payable only in convertible currencies.
an automobile or a boat with a folding top.
a sofa, couch, or chair whose seating section can be folded out into a bed.
Finance. a convertible bond or security.
Origin of convertible
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin convertibilis. See convert, -ible
Related forms
convertibility, convertibleness, noun
convertibly, adverb
nonconvertibility, noun
nonconvertible, adjective
nonconvertibleness, noun
nonconvertibly, adverb
unconvertibility, noun
unconvertible, adjective
unconvertibleness, noun
unconvertibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convertible
  • Make sure you wear long sleeves and convertible long pants.
  • If you're only driving to the store, you're wasting your money on the convertible.
  • We rapidly harvest the fatty acids, which are then readily convertible into the main components of jet fuel.
  • She was riding in a convertible and her top was down.
  • With a tight sweater and gel-smeared hair, he offers his body for only twenty convertible pesos a night.
  • Third comes the peso convertible, a piece of scrip with a value pegged to that of the dollar.
  • The plan was to keep him there until the stadium filled, at which point he would ride across the field in a white convertible.
  • Rear overhang turns the convertible sofa into a trampoline at highway speeds.
  • For one thing the yuan is not fully convertible, so it cannot be an anchor currency.
  • Costs are still higher in the convertible-bond market.
British Dictionary definitions for convertible


capable of being converted
(of a car) having a folding or removable roof
  1. a bond or debenture that can be converted to ordinary or preference shares on a fixed date at a fixed price
  2. (of a paper currency) exchangeable on demand for precious metal to an equivalent value
  3. (Canadian, of a mortgage) able to be converted into a longer term mortgage without financial penalty
a car with a folding or removable roof
Derived Forms
convertibility, convertibleness, noun
convertibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for convertible

late 14c., from Old French convertible (13c.), from Late Latin convertibilis "changeable," from Latin convertere (see convert (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1610s; meaning "automobile with a fold-down top" is from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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