speak·​er·​phone | \ ˈspē-kər-ˌfōn How to pronounce speakerphone (audio) \

Definition of speakerphone

: a combination microphone and loudspeaker device for two-way communication by telephone

Examples of speakerphone in a Sentence

We used the speakerphone for the call so that everyone could hear what was said. He put her on speakerphone so that everyone could hear what she said.
Recent Examples on the Web Wolff then called the sheriff and put the call on speakerphone. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Irate customer erupts, gets into confrontation with county judge over mask rule at San Antonio store," 24 June 2020 Buenacosa dialed in and protested his innocence over speakerphone before the clergymen. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "In Philippines, a child alleges abuse by Catholic priest — and tests Vatican promise for global reckoning," 23 June 2020 Steve in Denver Dear Steve: For some reason, the amplification of a speakerphone seems to inspire the other person to also raise their speaking volume. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Husband with wanderlust feels trapped by wife’s obligations," 22 May 2020 Kolbe would try to get her pocket as close as possible to the woman’s face, to allow a conversation with the interpreter, on speakerphone. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 And in New York City, a judge declared a mistrial over an attorney’s coughing while questioning a witness by speakerphone. ... Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Coronavirus Forces Courts to Experiment," 28 Mar. 2020 Bryant still spoke sometimes to the Aces by speakerphone, right in the locker room, before important games. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "At Kobe Bryant’s High School, Coronavirus Suspends Already Tough Basketball Season," 20 Mar. 2020 Brown called his cellphone and a caregiver wearing a blue protective gown, mask, face shield and gloves switched on the speakerphone so Lapschies could hear. oregonlive, "Oldest coronavirus survivor? Oregon veteran lives to celebrate 104th birthday," 1 Apr. 2020 Jabra calls the 710 a speakerphone, but there is no phone inside. Dallas News, "Jabra Speak 710 gives you clear phone calls with no hands," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of speakerphone

1955, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Speakerphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speakerphone. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of speakerphone

chiefly US : a feature on a telephone that allows you to talk and listen to someone without holding the receiver to your head

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