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 Right now, callers are routed to centers that match the three-digit area code of their phone number: Someone with a Baltimore phone number would be routed there, even if the person is in Sacramento. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 8 May 2024 California had four of the nation’s top 10 places in terms of overall price hikes among 288 US area codes. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 This isn’t the first time she’s shown some love to Florida and the 305 (the area code of her ex husband’s hometown). Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 The podcast, which is a reference to the Orange County area code, recently received backlash on TikTok for a comment one of the hosts made about Asians outside of Southern California. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for area code 

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of area code was in 1941

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“Area code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

area code

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

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