ring·​tone | \ ˈriŋ-ˌtōn How to pronounce ringtone (audio) \

Definition of ringtone

: the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call

Examples of ringtone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the feather-light conclusion of the second movement, the uninvited melody of a ringtone cried out, and the whole hall cringed as Goodyear cast a look of fatherly disappointment over the rows. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 For 11 to 27 days, the bats munched on at least 40 snacks each by flying to the speaker that played the ringtone. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 June 2022 After getting multiple requests, Ruggles also created a ringtone of Monte's singing. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 27 June 2022 Jimmy jokes about Flight Facilities having lived through the ringtone era, the streaming era, and now, the TikTok era, and continues to fly high despite the constant passage of time. Chris Malone Méndez, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 These include Tails showing up in a bright red biplane and the classic Green Hill Zone theme serving as Tom’s ringtone. Peter Debruge, Variety, 28 Mar. 2022 The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is our favorite upgrade light and diffuses light naturally throughout your room, giving you a more gentle alarm than your typical iPhone ringtone. Gear Team, Wired, 12 Mar. 2022 Asked later what the United States' official ringtone is, Kirby said there wasn't one. NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 Haptic feedback can now be linked to audio, so music and movies can be more immersive, your custom ringtone might prompt your phone to vibrate in time, or a game might add vibration to simulate a bumpy ride. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ringtone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ringtone was in 1983

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20 Jul 2022

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“Ringtone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringtone. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for ringtone


ring·​tone | \ ˈriŋ-ˌtōn \

Kids Definition of ringtone

: a sound made by a cell phone to signal that a call is coming in

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Nglish: Translation of ringtone for Spanish Speakers

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