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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What's more, the stand-up comedian hails from San Fransisco (the area code for the city, BTW, is 4-1-5). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We Swear This Theory About Who the Poodle Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Right," 23 Jan. 2019 The calls keep coming, year after year, many with numbers from his area code. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Why robocalls have taken over your phone," 7 Nov. 2018 The state’s Public Service Commission has put in motion a plan to create the new area code for the region. Marco Santana,, "689 area code could be added to Central Florida," 29 June 2018 But Anheuser-Busch couldn’t get all the area codes, and Firestone Walker pounced on its local digits to create a blonde ale ideal for slamming in the California sun: a touch grassy and mildly malty sweet in a lightly creamy body. Josh Noel,, "11 easy-drinking, refreshing — and, yes, crushable — beers of summer," 6 June 2018 When the call from the 303 area code comes in, Chubb is even-keeled as expected—while mom leaps up to do a little dance. Jenny Vrentas,, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018 The 573 area code has been one of the hardest for Missouri football and basketball to recruit. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This week in Mizzou recruiting: E.J. Liddell, Tray Jackson, Isiaih Mosley and more," 12 July 2018 On the shield is 209, which is Stockton's area code. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How the Stockton Kings' new logos represent the parent team's past and present | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 Calls that phone carriers can block include numbers that are not in use, or are clearly invalid, such as a call from a nonexistent area code. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of area code

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of area code was in 1941

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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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