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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Eleven days later, Ajani was studying English literature at Governors’ Village STEM Academy when someone on the intercom announced that the campus was being locked down. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Visitors have to press a button to buzz the office, where a receptionist will look through a video intercom before deciding whether to let them in. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Even owner-occupiers in the zones can be blocked from upgrading their property by installing video intercoms or second bathrooms, because such improvements may encourage occupiers to rent out their property at a later date, pushing up average rents. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "Berlin Aims to Cut Its Residential Real-Estate Boom Down to Size," 5 July 2018 The Surrealistic-looking ear, turned green by time and the varied particulate matter in the Milanese air, was originally designed in 1927 by the sculptor Adolfo Wildt as access to an intercom. Joan Juliet Buck, ELLE Decor, "The Greatness of Milan Through the Lens of Bottega Veneta," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of intercom

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

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