ringtone

noun

ring·​tone ˈriŋ-ˌtōn How to pronounce ringtone (audio)
: the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call

Examples of ringtone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notification chimes and ringtone volume have been split into separate volume sliders in Android 14. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 29 Oct. 2023 Apple’s iPhone is finally getting some new ringtones with iOS 17. Jay Peters, The Verge, 12 Sep. 2023 The video post showed Smith sleeping on a boat at sea surrounded by a variety of pinging sounds and ringtones. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 Give your iPhone inbound ringtone, notifications and alert sounds a makeover immediately. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 20 Sep. 2023 Sep 12 Jay Peters The iPhone is getting new ringtones Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge Apple’s iPhone is finally getting some new ringtones with iOS 17. Emma Roth, The Verge, 13 Sep. 2023 Some trickery is required to get your ringtones ready. David Nield, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2023 This meant not inviting friends over when my mom made kimchee, and the house smelled of fermentation, laughing when my high school boyfriend called me ‘ornamental’ and just rolling my eyes when a college friend set ‘the Oriental riff’ as my ringtone on her phone. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 21 Mar. 2021 Choosing to start his set with an unreleased song while wearing a Santa hat, Wasabi moved through a blend of his hyper-melodic tracks that use everything from 8-bit melodies to the iPhone default alarm ringtone to his own inventive midi fighter 64 system. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ringtone was in 1983

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“Ringtone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringtone. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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ringtone

noun
ring·​tone ˈriŋ-ˌtōn How to pronounce ringtone (audio)
: the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call

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