intercom

noun
in·​ter·​com | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkäm How to pronounce intercom (audio) \

Definition of intercom

: a two-way communication system with a microphone and loudspeaker at each station for localized use

Examples of intercom in a Sentence

I heard my name called on the intercom. His secretary's voice came over the intercom, telling him that he had a visitor.
Recent Examples on the Web Flight attendants put a call over the intercom, asking whether any doctors or nurses were on board. oregonlive, "Fellow passenger gives CPR to man dying of COVID-19 on Florida to LA flight," 24 Dec. 2020 Flight attendants put a call over the intercom, asking whether any doctors or nurses were on board. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, "On United Airlines flight to LAX, he gave CPR to man dying of COVID-19," 24 Dec. 2020 The police department lobby will be closed, but the vestibule will remain open and a telephone/intercom is available to communicate with police personnel inside. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Darien closes city buildings to the public in an effort to mitigate COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020 Sloan reported later on Wednesday that ship captain Torbjorn Lund announced over the intercom around noon that a passenger had tested positive. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Cruise line resumed voyages in Caribbean. It’s not going well [Updated]," 13 Nov. 2020 On Wednesday, a reporter for the Points Guy website who was also on the SeaDream 1 ship, Gene Sloan, wrote that an initial person had tested positive, citing an intercom announcement from Captain Torbjorn Lund. Jim Wyss, Bloomberg.com, "First Caribbean Cruise Ends With Sixth Suspected Covid Case," 12 Nov. 2020 Wilson knocked on Milgrom's door in the dead of night and spoke into the intercom. David Keyton, Star Tribune, "2 Stanford economists win Nobel prize for improving auctions," 12 Oct. 2020 At around 8 am the buzzing of his apartment's intercom woke Santos again. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 Toward the end of the service, a call for Bresciano came in over an intercom. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester police Sgt. Stephen Bresciano remembered as ‘always vigilant’," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of intercom

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intercom

short for intercommunication system

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The first known use of intercom was in 1940

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“Intercom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercom. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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intercom

noun
How to pronounce intercom (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intercom

: a system which allows a person speaking into a microphone to be heard on a speaker by people in a different room or area

intercom

noun
in·​ter·​com | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkäm How to pronounce intercom (audio) \

Kids Definition of intercom

: a communication system with a microphone and loudspeaker at each end

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