cell phone

variants: or less commonly cellphone \ ˈsel-​ˌfōn How to pronounce cellphone (audio) \

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 Beyond those bollards is a small urban nirvana: food trucks sell every type of global cuisine, people sit eating lunch at patio tables or drifting along the pavement, talking on their cell phones. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Advocates oppose parking garage that would bring car traffic to Transbay plaza," 15 Jan. 2020 At the beginning of court proceedings Tuesday, Burke raised his voice and reprimanded Weinstein and his defense team for his use of his cell phones. Lauren Del Valle And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Harvey Weinstein was told to stop using his cell phone in court. Now, he wants that judge to recuse himself," 8 Jan. 2020 Sapper filmed the wide-racked giant with his cell phone as the deer walked within gun range. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The Best Bucks of December 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 When selling or buying items online, requests for your bank account number, Social Security number or a code sent to your cell phone via text message or phone call are all signs of a potential scam. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Keep an eye out for rental scams this season," 21 Dec. 2019 The robbery only lasted two minutes, with five suspects stealing several cell phones, watches and other merchandise, said police. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Police investigating string of metro Detroit cell phone robberies," 28 Dec. 2019 County HQ raided Prosecutors overseen by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost executed a search warrant at the offices of Budish on Valentine’s Day, seizing records, computer hard drives and Budish’s cell phone. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "The most-read Cuyahoga County government stories of 2019 (jail and criminal probe aside)," 28 Dec. 2019 These elements, which until now have largely been imported from China, are used in dozens of technological products, including cell phones, computers and televisions. April Johnston, Cincinnati.com, "‘That's vinegar’: The Ohio River’s history of contamination and progress made," 26 Dec. 2019 New testimony also showed that after the Amber Alert in Kamille’s disappearance was issued at 10:39 p.m. that Saturday, there were seven telephone calls from Stallworth’s cell phone to his mother’s phone. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney suspect said she saw child’s sexual assault," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Cell phone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20phone. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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