caller ID


: a telephone service that allows a subscriber to identify the telephone number of a caller before answering the call

called also caller identification

Examples of caller ID in a Sentence

a phone system with caller ID
Recent Examples on the Web As her name appears on screen indicating an incoming call, the caller ID image that shows up in the background is of an infamous conflict that was caught on camera. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 The companies also allegedly misled customers by manipulating caller IDs and posing as employees calling from flower shops or pizzerias to trick borrowers into disclosing their locations or their vehicles’ for repossession purposes. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 The Watch What Happens Live host also clarified that the scam callers hacked the caller ID system, so their call appeared as the name of his bank on Cohen’s phone. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 1 Jan. 2024 Hundreds of cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. Jeff Amy, Fortune, 29 Dec. 2023 Even caller ID can't always be trusted, as spoofing has become an issue with these scams. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 The caller ID stated that the call came from the board. cleveland, 11 Sep. 2023 The Nokia 2780 is an elevated flip phone with a digital screen on the outside, which displays the time and caller IDs. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 18 Aug. 2023 Scammers are able to spoof any number, sometimes tricking caller ID into saying the call is from SRP. Kye Graves, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of caller ID was in 1985

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“Caller ID.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

caller ID

: a telephone service that identifies the phone number of a caller
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