smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn How to pronounce smartphone (audio) \
variants: or less commonly smart phone
plural smartphones or less commonly smart phones

Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional software functions (such as email or an Internet browser)

Examples of smartphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China’s commerce ministry on Thursday welcomed the removal of Xiaomi from a U.S. government blacklist, a day after the U.S. reversed a ban on U.S. investments in the smartphone maker that was imposed under former President Donald Trump. NBC News, "U.S. removes Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi from blacklist," 13 May 2021 Your smartphone or wearable could help you out in a truly dangerous situation. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Best Personal Safety Devices, Apps, and Alarms," 13 May 2021 Xiaomi, the world's third largest smartphone maker, did not comment on the development, but sent CNN Business a copy of the court document. Diksha Madhok, CNN, "US agrees to lift Trump-era ban on China's Xiaomi," 12 May 2021 In fact, Apple isn’t the only smartphone maker facing this challenge. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "Covid-19’s resurgence in India is hitting Apple’s manufacturing hard," 12 May 2021 The footage shows Reyes approaching police officers during a traffic stop in the 500 block of Pulaski Highway at around 10:30 p.m. and filming them from a sidewalk with his smartphone, and his exchange with Jackson. James Whitlow,, "A New York man started filming a traffic stop in Harford County. He was arrested for obstructing and hindering.," 10 May 2021 In May last year, the Trump administration’s imposed sanctions against Huawei Technologies, which blocked the Chinese smartphone maker from purchasing semiconductors made with U.S. technology. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "This is how the global chip shortage will end," 9 May 2021 There, Chew helped expand the smartphone maker’s global presence and led its 2018 IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that raised $4.7 billion at a roughly $54 billion valuation. Abram Brown, Forbes, "The Inside Story Of TikTok’s Tumultuous Rise—And How It Defeated Trump," 5 May 2021 China’s top smartphone maker — from accessing American technology. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm’s earnings top Wall Street estimates on improving smartphone demand, 5G momentum," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of smartphone

1996, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of smartphone

: a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.


smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn \

Kids Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional functions (as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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