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 e-mail or an Internet browser)

Examples of smartphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Travelers are being reminded to wash their hands frequently and to use boarding passes on their smartphones whenever possible. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "You'll have to wear a mask at Sky Harbor Airport starting June 1. Here's what we know," 20 May 2020 Don’t bring your smartphone into the bedroom, for starters, or tablets or laptops or any screens at all. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Sleep When the World Is Falling Apart," 17 May 2020 All major rides have bins for visitors to store their smartphones. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Holiday World will look different after reopening during coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Meanwhile, a ban on U.S. companies supplying tech to Huawei is hurting its business; the company is struggling live without the Google Android software that’s powered its smartphones for so long. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto project was dead on arrival," 13 May 2020 Other reporters should submit questions using their smartphones in advance, the BOK said. Sam Kim,, "Virus Fear Is Changing How Bank of Korea Announces Its Rate Decision," 10 May 2020 Michiganders eager to play the odds at horse racing soon will be able to use their smartphones to place bets. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan OKs online wagering for horse racing," 6 May 2020 This pedometer built into your smartphone is great for keeping track of steps and activity throughout the day. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 2020 For the Kardashian-Jenner family’s reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the measures taken to prevent the spread of the viral disease forced them to take up their smartphones to document their lives for what’s left of season 18. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Coronavirus Is At The Center Of New KUTWK Episodes," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of smartphone

1996, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smartphone was in 1996

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25 May 2020

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“Smartphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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