in·ter·com | \ˈin-tər-ˌkäm \

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

Emergency officials and police had to evacuate two different locations, and the city used everything from social media to the good, old-fashioned intercom to announce the cancellation. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora reschedules fireworks to coincide with Downtown Alive event," 5 July 2018 Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother at a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the mall. CBS News, "Woman shot dead by ex-husband at California mall identified," 19 Mar. 2018 Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother when an announcement came over the mall's intercom about a threat outside the mall. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "California mall shooting victim was gunman's ex-wife, police say," 18 Mar. 2018 The drills generally start with an intercom announcement, followed by instructions to draw the blinds, lock doors and windows and to stay quiet. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Do students in the Sacramento area have active shooter drills? Answers to your questions after Parkland," 27 Feb. 2018 There was an intercom announcement: still, no one showed. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 My dad is tall and loud and large, and always makes excessive small talk with the workers on the other side of a fast-food intercom or outside the car window pumping our gas. Heather Radke, Longreads, "A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing With Your Father," 16 June 2018 One patron asked a TJ Maxx employee to make an announcement over the intercom about the child, Channel 2 Action News reported. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cobb mom jailed, accused of leaving baby in car while she shopped," 5 June 2018 Visitors now have to speak to a front desk officer via intercom before being allowed inside the lobby. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "No charges for officers who killed man during 'ambush' outside CMPD headquarters | Charlotte Observer," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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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


in·ter·com | \ˈin-tər-ˌkäm \

Kids Definition of intercom

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

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