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 For example, start on your iPad and finish off on your smartphone later on. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 Your smartphone probably shows some showers nearly every day into next week. Dave Epstein,, 5 Aug. 2022 Smart glasses look a lot like traditional glasses, but unlike ordinary specs, these wearables can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to provide features such as audio streaming or photo and video capture. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2022 There are other ways to streamline the customer-service experience using your smartphone. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Samsung DeX is a way of operating your smartphone with a keyboard, mouse, and computer monitor. Wired, 2 Aug. 2022 Either refresh your memory on your turn-by-turn directions pre-run, or bring your smartphone along for Google Maps and other tools. Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 But according to our review, the device didn’t offer any major benefits over simply using the Spotify app on your smartphone. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 27 July 2022 Missing a door knock or a smoke alarm can have consequences Luckily, your smartphone can help with that. Morayo Ogunbayo, ajc, 22 July 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Smartphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn \

Kids Definition of smartphone

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

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