land·​line | \ ˈland-ˌlīn How to pronounce landline (audio) \
variants: or less commonly land line

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

Examples of landline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Locations and transportation information are online at or by calling the L.A. County Information line at 211 from any landline or cellphone. Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 If the emergency is in your home, and your landline number is correctly registered to that address (most are), your best bet is to dial from that device. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 From Friday to Sunday, live callers surveyed 500 likely voters in Boston’s municipal general election by cellphone and landline., 19 Oct. 2021 Carriers are using the network to provide home internet service where traditional landline providers have not. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 The private equity firm’s bid, characterized as friendly, could just be the beginning of a fight to control the company and the former Italian monopoly’s most precious asset: the landline network. Daniele Lepido,, 22 Nov. 2021 Another quarter of respondents were interviewed by landline phone. Timothy Nerozzi, Fox News, 9 Dec. 2021 One quarter of respondents were interviewed by landline phone. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 In the original Scream, the biggest scares came when someone answered a landline. Medea Giordano, Wired, 30 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of landline

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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