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.

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According to a shopper at the Columbia, Maryland store, employees were preventing people from entering the store and telling customers over the intercom about the outage. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Target outage: Shoppers reporting registers down nationwide," 15 June 2019 Martin Mander decided to put a personal touch on the idea, and embedded a Google Home-style device into an intercom built in 1986. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Hacked 80s Intercom Is the Slickest Home Voice Assistant," 21 July 2017 The district is spending $17 million on intercoms, which are being connected to a central command center and can be heard in hallways. Scott Travis,, "Broward Schools detail the security upgrades since Parkland shooting," 11 Sep. 2019 Officers must also ask airline employees to communicate over the intercom that searches are voluntary. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Customs clarifies policy on plane ID searches," 11 July 2019 Our first sign that this hurricane was going to be exceptionally dangerous was when a gate agent announced over the intercom that only Grand Bahama residents would be allowed on the flight. Patrick Oppmann, Jaide Timm-garcia And Jose Armijo, CNN, "'Grand Bahama is dead': A firsthand look at Dorian's destruction," 9 Sep. 2019 Last week, a man at the front desk said through an intercom that no one was available to talk to a reporter. Steve Eder, New York Times, "Epstein’s Island, ‘Little St. Jeff’s’: A Hideaway Where Money Bought Influence," 28 Aug. 2019 The gates of the Polanski residence finally open, Eden-like, and Tate’s disembodied voice, piped in through an intercom, invites him inside. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Brutal Logic of Stardom in “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood”," 6 Aug. 2019 Inside the terminal, hundreds looked on, their faces pressed against the window, listening as a gate agent tearfully recounted the Knight family's story over the intercom. Author: Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Airlines flew the remains of a Vietnam airman home to Dallas. The pilot was his son.," 9 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce intercom (audio) \

Kids Definition of intercom

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

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