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

That’s where Alana Weber was one afternoon early last month after the announcement of a lockdown had come over the intercom at Niskayuna High, just northwest of Albany, New York. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Hunter allegedly didn’t receive any backlash from Walmart for using intercom, WKYT reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Walmart customer in Kentucky uses store intercom to ask for help, goes viral," 25 Apr. 2018 An intercom system connected the host stand and kitchen to the apartment above. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Adding an intercom and call button to the east set of exterior doors. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenbrook 225 to bid on school entrance safety projects," 22 May 2018 There was an intercom and video-camera setup at the building which connected people with the police and emergency services. Tina Jordan, New York Times, "What’s the Connection Between John Steinbeck and Elizabeth George?," 30 Mar. 2018 At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenade On Friday, the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala was arranging to fly the husband's body to Israel for burial, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 The girl is standing to the far left, presumably interacting with a keypad or intercom. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Man stole a 10-year-old's iPhone, threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face, video shows," 4 June 2018 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

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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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