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

Patti didn’t have a cell phone, so nobody expected to hear from her until then. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Ohio mother Patricia Adkins remains missing 17 years after her disappearance," 25 June 2018 The show’s problems didn’t end there: The basement venue offered little to no cell phone service — strange, for a show centered around social media. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "YouTube Star Jake Paul’s Fame Is Fading," 16 June 2018 Defense Attorney James Hartke says Elliott got in the hole without being pushed, had her cell phone with her and went along with Dunn's delusions. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Why did Ohio man hold woman captive in Blanchester shed? An imaginary prostitution ring.," 14 June 2018 My friend, my nameless teacher friend, had her cell phone out and was on Snapchat. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Russell Elliot Talks Sexual Fluidity, Sampling from Snapchat & His 'Split Ends' EP," 13 Apr. 2018 In October, this NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporter was removed from a parole board meeting for having a cell phone with her while observing the public proceedings. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana parole board wanted to prohibit recordings of hearings," 12 Apr. 2018 The storm also affected AT&T’s network, as some residents reported losing cell phone service. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Power outage numbers dropping on Cape Cod," 15 Mar. 2018 Wyatt and Rufus try to steal a car and get into trouble with some Rittenhouse agents; one has a cell phone, which is obviously odd for 1918. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Buckle Up, History Nerds — “Timeless” Is Back and As Usual, Gets the Facts Mostly Right," 12 Mar. 2018 Seniors can save on expensive cell phone service with Verizon’s new 55 Plus plan. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Verizon offers new 55 Plus plan for seniors with up to $50 in monthly savings | Doreen's Deals," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cell phone

: 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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