cell phone

variants: or less commonly cellphone \ ˈsel-​ˌfōn How to pronounce cell phone (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 Another video, apparently filmed on a cell phone, shows Warren get up off the ground and walk forward out of view of the camera. NBC News, "Texas man fatally shot by police during mental health check, family calls for officer's arrest," 14 Jan. 2021 On Monday, crews filmed a scene in which DiCaprio anxiously talks into a cell phone while glancing at the sky, and another where several people stare at the sky. Kevin Slane, BostonGlobe.com, "Downtown Boston transformed into New York as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence film ‘Don’t Look Up’," 4 Jan. 2021 Hill takes several steps toward the officer while holding what appears to be a cell phone in his left hand. Fox News, "Columbus police officer who shot unarmed Black man is fired," 29 Dec. 2020 Police said that the body camera footage captured from the 60-second look back shows Hill walking toward the officer with a cell phone in his left hand, while his right hand is not visible. Laurie Ure And Jennifer Henderson, CNN, "Ohio mayor calls for 'immediate termination' of officer who shot and killed a Black man 'who had committed no crime'," 23 Dec. 2020 The same survey found that 40 percent of BIE students lack internet access, with another 34 percent relying on a cell phone. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Predictable, Preventable Mess of Reopening Schools in Indian Country," 3 Dec. 2020 There was also the bottle of Lucid Absinthe nearby resting on a cell phone. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Kat West’s mother testifies in Jeff West’s defense at murder trial," 20 Nov. 2020 The thrill of a cell phone without the monthly bill. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "25 Fun Toy Gifts for Curious Kids," 19 Nov. 2020 The Niles man, 33, was found in possession of several items from the vehicles, including cash and a cell phone. cleveland, "Officers diligence brings multi-theft suspect into custody: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2021

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“Cell phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20phone. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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