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)

Examples of area code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of those who received messages in recent days said the numbers appeared to come from their area code or mimicked a numerical pattern similar to their phone number. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Robocalls Told at Least 800,000 Swing State Residents to “Stay Home” on Election Day. The FBI Is Investigating.," 3 Nov. 2020 To find your nearest food distribution center or mobile drive-through event, go to, click on the Find Food tab and input your area code for a list of resources, or call (323) 234-3030 for assistance. Bonnie Mccarthy, Los Angeles Times, "Food insecurity: If you need help or want to help others, we’ve got resources," 30 Oct. 2020 With the 202 area code expected to run out of numbers by the end of 2022, D.C. has been assigned 771 as its replacement. Washington Post, "D.C.’s 202 area code ending its 73-year-run," 22 Sep. 2020 And the Morton Police Department in Illinois posted on Facebook about calls from a mysterious phone number with a local area code last year. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Donations have surged to a 'scam' political group that claims to help police officers," 16 Oct. 2020 In Columbus Ohio, incoming calls just show a general number with the local area code. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Spam calls and scammers are more than annoying. They're hindering efforts to track coronavirus," 6 Oct. 2020 In 1997, the 240 area code got laid over 301 in Maryland. Washington Post, "What’s the 411 on 771? Experts examine Washington’s new area code.," 23 Sep. 2020 Nearly 12,000 residents with phone numbers from the 313 area code, located in Detroit, were targeted, Nessel’s office said. Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Conservative operatives face felony charges for robocall scheme to fool voters," 2 Oct. 2020 Calls were made in August to 12,000 residents with the area code 313, specifically targeting urban areas in the Detroit area, according to the announcement. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Michigan charges right-wing conspiracy theorists with multiple felonies in robocall voter suppression scheme," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of area code

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Area code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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Kids Definition of area code

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

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