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 Everyone was sprinting out of the mall as sirens went over intercom saying ‘Emergency. John Keilman,, 24 Dec. 2021 Within moments, the intercom blared, first in English, then in Spanish, telling residents to evacuate. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 There’s also an in-cabin intercom for conversing with those in the rear. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 Dec. 2021 But that would have been a Christmas miracle because officials with the department said Eagle isn’t equipped with a speaker system or even an intercom. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Oxford High School students who were interviewed by reporters afterward, described a chaotic and confused scene in which a voice came on over the intercom to announce an active shooter. Liz Shepard, Detroit Free Press, 30 Nov. 2021 Other additions include security cameras, an intercom system and alarm. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Guests can watch Howorth and her team care for various spiders, beetles and caterpillars from behind a clear glass pane and will be able to ask the team questions through an intercom. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Around then, announcements were being made over the intercom, asking Disneyland cast members to assist with the broken ride. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, 3 Nov. 2021

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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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“Intercom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce intercom (audio) \

Kids Definition of intercom

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

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