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

Definition of phono

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Definition of phono- (Entry 2 of 2)

: sound : voice : speech phonograph phonology

Examples of phono in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The turntable includes the Solstice Series phono stage, a power supply and bespoke accessories set. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2021 In theory, every good phono amp should sound identical. Parker Hall, Wired, 5 June 2021 But many new receivers don’t have a phono input for turntables. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of phono


1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phono


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.

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“Phono.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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