ring·​tone | \ ˈriŋ-ˌtōn \

Definition of ringtone

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

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The cry was even featured on The Simpsons and one web site sells it as a ringtone. Amanda Christovich, USA TODAY, "Andres Cantor explains how his famous 'gol!' call came to be, gives his top 5 calls of the last decade," 13 July 2018 Ask everyone to keep the occasional call brief, to change their ringtones to silent and to leave their cellphones in their purses or desk drawers. Anchorage Daily News, "My employee is constantly on her cellphone at work. How can I rein her in without looking unfair?," 9 July 2018 Jason Jones, who entered prison 13 years ago, has never owned a gadget more modern than an early-aughts Sprint flip phone with custom ringtones. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "How San Quentin Inmates Built a Search Engine for Prison," 1 June 2018 In 2010, researchers at the University of Utrecht evaluated ringtones for the cultural power. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018 By 6:30, Graves was walking out of the arena, laptop in hand, answering his phone's Bob Marley ringtone. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks prepared for NCAA Tournament by searching for 'scoops'," 15 Mar. 2018 To help pay for the $13 million exemption, the measure levied sales taxes on e-books, digital music and ringtones. Andrew Demillo, The Seattle Times, "GOP opponent says Arkansas governor not conservative enough," 22 Apr. 2018 Our actions have always been focused on better serving our customers, and the ringtone oversight, which was corrected in January 2017, was unintentional. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile deceived customers with “false ring tones” on failed phone calls," 16 Apr. 2018 Campers quickly adjust to the moratorium on pings and ringtones and the constant contact with parents and friends. Hattie Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "No phones at summer camp? No problem," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ringtone

: the sound that a cell phone makes when someone is calling


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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