cell phone

variants: or less commonly cellphone \ ˈsel-​ˌfōn How to pronounce cell phone (audio) \
plural cell phones also cellphones

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.
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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cell phone was in 1983

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10 May 2022

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“Cell phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20phone. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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