landline

noun land·line \ ˈland-ˌlīn \
variants: or less commonly land line
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of landline

1 : a line of transportation or communication on land; especially : a telephone line that transmits signals from one station to another directly along a wire without the use of radio waves
  • It reminds me of the tipping point several years ago when people realized they no longer needed a telephone landline and would do just fine with their cell phones.
  • —Rana Foroohar
often used before another noun
  • a landline phone
  • a landline network
2 : a telephone that connects by wire : a landline telephone
  • Of course, if you're really worried, you could ditch your cell phone for a quaint landline.
  • —Kiera Butler

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First Known Use of landline

1865


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