- a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
- (often lowercase) Informal. a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution that does not satisfy the basic or long-range need: The proposed reform isn’t thorough enough to be more than just a band-aid.
- (often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution: band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.
- trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
- (sometimes not capitals) informal somethinɡ that provides a temporary solution to a problem
trademark registered 1924 by Johnson & Johnson for a stick-on gauze pad or strip. See band (n.1) + aid (n.). The British equivalent was Elastoplast. Figurative sense of “temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, pallative” (often lower case, sometimes bandaid) is first recorded 1968; as an adjective, from 1970.
- A trademark for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.