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phone

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noun \ˈfōn\

Definition of phone

  1. :  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


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phone

noun

Definition of phone

  1. 1 :  telephone

  2. 2 :  earphone



Origin of phone

by shortening


First Known Use: 1880

Other Telecommunications Terms


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phone

verb

Simple Definition of phone

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

Full Definition of phone

phonedphon·ing

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>



1885

First Known Use of phone

1885

Other Telecommunications Terms


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-phone

noun combining form

Simple Definition of -phone

  • : sound

  • : a speaker of a specified language

Full Definition of -phone

  1. 1 :  sound <homophone> —often in names of musical instruments and sound-transmitting devices <radiophone> <xylophone>

  2. 2 :  speaker of (a specified language) <Francophone>

Origin of -phone

Greek -phōnos sounding, from phōnē


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-phone

adjective combining form

Definition of -phone

  1. :  of or relating to a population that speaks (a specified language) <Francophone>



Origin of -phone

French, from Greek -phōnos




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