Phil·​lips ˈfi-ləps How to pronounce Phillips (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a screw having a head with a cross slot or the corresponding screwdriver

Word History


from Phillips, a trademark, from Henry M. Phillips †1958 American engineer

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Phillips was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Phillips.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Phillips 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Phil·​lips ˈfi-ləps How to pronounce Phillips (audio)
Wendell 1811–1884 American orator and reformer


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

William D(aniel) 1948–     American physicist
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