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pho·​no ˈfō-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce phono (audio)
plural phonos


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combining form

: sound : voice : speech

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
The separate phono stage runs MM and MC cartridges for analog lovers who own multiple turntables. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Oct. 2022 Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering circuitry. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 May 2022 There’s even a moving magnet phono stage for connecting a wide range of turntables. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The inclusion of a pair of line-in RCA phono inputs is great for connecting something like a turntable or a CD player. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Fans of analog sources will appreciate the two pairs of RCA line-level inputs, plus there’s a MM phono stage with ultra-precise RIAA equalization, extremely low noise, and high overload margins. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The phono preamp also has an innovative circuit that suppresses the infrasonic noise present on all vinyl, without compromising bass response. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The Solstice Series Phono Stage NVC TT is the first Naim phono stage to use the DR technology that was first used on the company’s flagship Statement amplifier. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2021 There are no digital inputs on the A11 other than the Bluetooth function, but all the traditional analog inputs are there including four RCA analog inputs, a moving magnet phono stage, plus two sets of speaker outputs with five-way binding posts. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 June 2021 See More

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Word History



by shortening

Combining form

borrowed from Greek, combining form from phōnḗ "sound made by something living, voice, speech, utterance," probably going back to Indo-European *bhoh2-neh2, o-grade derivative, with a suffixal -n-, from the verbal base *bheh2- "speak, say" — more at ban entry 1

Note: Greek phōnḗ has been compared with Old English bēn "prayer, petition, supplication," Old Icelandic bæn "prayer, request" (from *bhoh2-ni- or *bheh2-ni-) and Armenian ban "speech, word, thing, precept" (from *bheh2-ni-). An alternative hypothesis sees it as proceeding from Indo-European hu̯oneh2 "sound," and hence cognate with Old Church Slavic zvonŭ "sound, echo," Albanian—Tosk dialects "voice," Gheg dialects zâ, though this would require a lengthened grade hu̯ōneh2 to produce the Greek word.

First Known Use


1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phono was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Phono.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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