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 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 Starting Wednesday, Nest Hello users can turn on winter ringtones that play each time the video doorbell's button is pressed. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Nest Hello gets wintery ringtones to greet your guests with holiday spirit," 27 Nov. 2019 The tone should be distinct from ringtones, message chimes, and other disaster alerts, at an audible frequency for people of all ages, and convey a sense of urgency without being too startling. Nicolas Rivero, Quartz, "You’re about to get a lot fewer flash flood alerts on your phone," 25 Nov. 2019 But an extended version – which plays as the retriever and the equally dopey Todd chase after a phone playing it as a ringtone – later allows us to hear its booming baritone vocals, G-funk synths and hip-hop beats in all their early '90s glory. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "Say Goodbye to 'BoJack Horseman' With Its 10 Greatest Songs," 23 Oct. 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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17 Mar 2020

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“Ringtone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringtone. Accessed 31 Mar. 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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