phone


1phone

noun \ˈfōn\

Definition of PHONE

:  a speech sound considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the sound system of a language

Origin of PHONE

Greek phōnē
First Known Use: circa 1866

2phone

noun

Definition of PHONE

1
:  telephone
2
:  earphone

Origin of PHONE

by shortening
First Known Use: 1884

Other Telecommunications Terms

Ethernet, intercept

3phone

verb

: to speak or try to speak to (someone) over a telephone system

phonedphon·ing

Full Definition of PHONE

:  telephone

Examples of PHONE

  1. Someone from the newspaper will be phoning with a few questions.
  2. <she phoned her friend to invite her over for dinner>

First Known Use of PHONE

1889

Related to PHONE

Synonyms
dial, call, ring (up) [chiefly British], telephone

Other Telecommunications Terms

Ethernet, intercept

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