phone

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

Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 5)

phone

verb
phoned; phoning

Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 5)

phone

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

Verb

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 Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phones. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for phone

phone

verb

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

phone

noun
\ ˈfōn How to pronounce phone (audio) \

Kids Definition of phone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

phone

verb
phoned; phoning

Kids Definition of phone (Entry 2 of 2)

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