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 When Curry hit his ninth 3-pointer while unguarded in garbage time with 4 minutes, 18 seconds left, no one was even in the same area code. Paul Sullivan,, 13 Nov. 2021 Also during his report, Robinson, who on Dec. 13 marked 16 years as GMFD chief, spoke about the change that went into effect Oct. 24 that requires callers to dial 10 digits, including the area code, when making phone calls. cleveland, 18 Dec. 2021 Hankerson’s sister, for her part, is grateful that her area code got repeatedly mixed up that day 20 years ago. Sydney Page, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Dec. 2021 In late October, Burnham saw a Houston area code flash up on an incoming call — not too uncommon for someone who works in the oil and gas industry, but the call came early in the morning. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2021 Aside from the identical name and date of birth, the phone number listed for the man arrested in Union City bears a Wisconsin area code. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 25 Nov. 2021 There won’t be a premium associated with getting a new area code or switching numbers. Austen Erblat,, 29 Oct. 2021 The latest change isn’t happening because of a new area code. al, 26 Aug. 2021 The city’s southern suburbs will receive a new area code in the coming months to meet the demand for new telephone numbers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of area code

1941, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2022

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“Area code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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