cell phone


Definition of cell phone

: a portable usually cordless telephone for use in a cellular system

Examples of cell phone in a Sentence

Call me on my cell phone.

Recent Examples on the Web

Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Test messages for federal alert systems to be sent to cellphones Thursday, FEMA says," 16 Sep. 2018 Uber is setting its sights on the developing world, where most cell phones and data networks lack the capacity to easily handle its app. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Uber Launched a Slimmed Down App in India Today," 12 June 2018 Among the items recovered were several cell phones. CBS News, ""48 Hours: NCIS:" Can agents stop a ruthless attacker preying on Marine wives?," 22 May 2018 In a matter of moments, the cell phone Alfred is watching rings and the caller I.D. solely displays the raindrop and peach emojis. Lauren Alvarez, Billboard, "'Atlanta' Episode 5 Recap: Paper Boi's Absurd Adventures With His Barber," 30 Mar. 2018 Tim Langford's cell phone buzzed with a text message Tuesday afternoon from a person of interest. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack reaches out to Romeo Langford," 27 Mar. 2018 Keino’s cell phone appeared to be switched off on Monday. Mutwiri Mutuota, The Seattle Times, "Keino given more time to report to police in corruption case," 15 Oct. 2018 Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Trump will text you at 2:18PM ET today as part of FEMA’s Presidential Alert test," 3 Oct. 2018 Investigators say both their cell phones then went silent for an hour after returning to Courtland. Fox News, "Jurors see interview videos of man accused in burning death," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cell phone

chiefly US : a small telephone that people can take with them and use outside their homes

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Kids Definition of cell phone

: a portable telephone that connects to other telephones by radio through a system of transmitters each of which covers a limited geographical area

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