- anything used to contain or hold something else; container; vessel
- an electrical wall outlet designed for use with a plug
Origin of receptacleModL receptaculumBot.
- the enlarged upper end of the stalk of a flowering plant, on which the flower parts grow
- any of a number of cuplike or disklike structures supporting spores, sex organs, etc.
Origin of receptacleMiddle English from Classical Latin receptaculum from receptare, frequentative of recipere: see receive