cell phone


variants or less commonly cellphone
plural cell phones also cellphones
: a portable usually cordless telephone for use in a cellular system

Example Sentences

Call me on my cell phone.
Recent Examples on the Web When questioned by investigators, Miquel A. Jones volunteered seemingly incriminating information and turned over his cell phone with no lawyer present. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2022 Even when someone is not using their cell phone, the device is still registering a location. Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 The app connects to your cell phone or laptop (available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac). Michaela Leung, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 So, don't expect to use this to grab some quick videos on your cell phone. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2022 As McMillon got in the car to leave for the airport, Dan Bartlett was waiting for him, his cell phone glued to his ear. Rick Wartzman, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2022 Just as troubling for Jake's family were text messages discovered on his cell phone. CBS News, 5 Nov. 2022 The videos were taken by Obumseli on his cell phone some time before April 3, when Clenney fatally stabbed him with a six-inch kitchen knife in the couple’s luxury Miami apartment. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2022 During an interview at a New Britain campaign office, Levy looked at a text message on her cell phone and suddenly gasped. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 30 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cell phone was in 1983

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“Cell phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20phone. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cell phone


: a portable cellular telephone
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