area code


Definition of area code

: a usually 3-digit number that identifies a particular telephone service area in a country (such as the U.S. or Canada)

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Nearly half of all cell phone calls in the country this year will be spam, and 90 percent of those spam calls will be from a familiar area code, according to a February 2019 FCC report. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Everyone hates robocalls. So the Colorado Attorney General is joining the fight to stop illegal calls.," 22 Aug. 2019 The latest version has a big, flashy 305 emblem to represent the area code for Miami-Dade County. David Furones,, "The Miami Hurricanes have a new Turnover Chain for the 2019 season and it represents the 305," 25 Aug. 2019 Khalid, who is on tour for his sophomore album, Free Spirit, sings about being from El Paso and the 915, which is the city’s area code, in several of his songs. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Khalid Announces Benefit Concert For Mass Shooting Victims," 6 Aug. 2019 His black book of contacts filled up with phone numbers with Columbus’s 614 area code. Emily Steel, New York Times, "How Jeffrey Epstein Used the Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret for Wealth and Women," 25 July 2019 In Conta Costa County, the area code serves El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo. Sarah Ravani,, "Hold the phone. New 341 area code introduced in East Bay," 21 June 2019 Last month, Fort Lauderdale’s 954 area code ranked No. Doreen Christensen,, "What cell carriers plan to do to aggressively block robocalls after FCC ruling," 7 June 2019 Constituencies that swing elections, such as the eastern and southern suburbs of Vancouver and the 905 area code around Toronto, have large numbers of voters from immigrant backgrounds. The Economist, "Looking aheadThe election in October will be a test of Canada’s liberal values," 25 July 2019 The robocall epidemic starts with spoofers, fraudulent callers whose technological trickery allows them to simulate existing numbers that are not their own – perhaps the local police department, or just a neighbor with a matching area code. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Taking the fight to robocallers," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of area code

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of area code

: a number that represents each telephone service area in a country (such as the U.S. or Canada)

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: a usually three-digit number that represents a telephone service area in a country

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