phone

noun (1)
\ ˈfōn How to pronounce phone (audio) \

Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 5)

phone

verb
phoned; phoning

Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 5)

phone

noun (2)

Definition of phone (Entry 3 of 5)

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

Definition of -phone (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : sound-transmitting device microphone radiophone
2 : musical instrument xylophone
3 : speech sound homophone : symbol representing a speech sound polyphone
4 : speaker of (a specified language) Francophone

Definition of -phone (Entry 5 of 5)

: of or relating to a population that speaks (a specified language) Francophone

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Synonyms for phone

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of phone in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of phone

Noun (1)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1885, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phone

Noun (1)

by shortening

Verb

derivative of phone entry 1

Noun (2)

borrowed from Greek phōnḗ "voice, speech" — more at phono-

Noun combining form

borrowed from Greek -phōnos "having a sound (of the kind or number specified)," derivative of phōnḗ "sound made by something living, voice, speech, utterance"; (sense 4) borrowed from French, borrowed from Greek -phōnos — more at phono-

Adjective combining form

borrowed from French — more at -phone entry 1

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The first known use of phone was circa 1866

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“Phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phone. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for phone

phone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

-phone

noun combining form

English Language Learners Definition of -phone (Entry 2 of 2)

: sound
: a speaker of a specified language

phone

noun
\ ˈfōn How to pronounce phone (audio) \

Kids Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

phone

verb
phoned; phoning

Kids Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 2)

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