noun (1)
\ ˈfōn How to pronounce phone (audio) \

Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 5)


phoned; phoning

Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 5)


noun (2)

Definition of phone (Entry 3 of 5)

: a speech sound considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the sound system of a language

Definition of -phone (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : sound homophone often in names of musical instruments and sound-transmitting devicesradiophonexylophone
2 : speaker of (a specified language) Francophone

Definition of -phone (Entry 5 of 5)

: of or relating to a population that speaks (a specified language) Francophone

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Synonyms for phone

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of phone in a Sentence

Verb Someone from the newspaper will be phoning with a few questions. she phoned her friend to invite her over for dinner

First Known Use of phone

Noun (1)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phone

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

Greek phōnē

Noun combining form

Greek -phōnos sounding, from phōnē

Adjective combining form

French, from Greek -phōnos

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Time Traveler for phone

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The first known use of phone was circa 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Phone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak or try to speak to (someone) over a telephone system

English Language Learners Definition of -phone (Entry 2 of 2)

: sound
: a speaker of a specified language


\ ˈfōn How to pronounce phone (audio) \

Kids Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 2)


phoned; phoning

Kids Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 2)

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