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 His cellphone’s ringtone was the theme from Indiana Jones. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Actually, all the sisters have followed Izzy’s lead and assigned that ringtone to Antonia. New York Times, "‘Afterlife,’ by Julia Alvarez: An Excerpt," 6 Apr. 2020 The Verge notes that the upload was probably a scam because the ringtones — which have since been removed — didn’t list any of West’s record labels as the copyright holder. Washington Post, "Kanye West is releasing ‘Jesus Is King’ soon. Or not. Here’s everything we know about the album.," 2 Oct. 2019 The Big Three’s resiliency will be tested again but Graves’ ringtone delivered the an ironically good message. Don’t worry about a thing. oregonlive, "'There’s always going to be a little hole in my heart’: Oregon women’s basketball coping with reality of forever unfinished business," 13 Mar. 2020 Regardless, by calling the phone and hearing its ringtone, detectives on Feb. 7 pinpointed the phone's location inside the swim center. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A swim coach secretly filmed his female coworkers changing and showering in Waukesha, complaint says," 10 Feb. 2020 The character was created to advertise ringtones in 2003, an innocent time for tech and the Internet, when people still talked about commercials. Washington Post, "This chaotic duo sounds like nothing and everything you’ve ever heard," 28 Dec. 2019 Even his ever-present ringtone, a synth-heavy Prince-style bop that also serves as the show's theme song, recalls the Decade of Greed. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 From there, follow the ringtone or vibration to its location. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 Alexa skills you’ll use time and time again," 11 July 2019

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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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26 May 2020

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“Ringtone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringtone. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce ringtone (audio)

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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