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.

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Rodriguez overheard an officer discussing by speakerphone with someone on the other end of the line. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump still hasn’t nominated a director for the Violence Against Women office at the Justice Department," 15 Feb. 2018 Here’s what happened next, according to the Post: Rodriguez overheard an officer discussing by speakerphone with a voice on the other end of the line. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Immigrant Faces Deportation After Calling Police for Help," 14 Feb. 2018 Bekah called her mom on speakerphone, in front of the entire audience. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "She Said What?! Unseen Bachelor Footage of Krystal Sends Shockwaves Through the Women Tell All," 25 Feb. 2018 Banning the handling of cellphones isn’t a cure-all, and Hydrick is quick to point out that talking on the phone is still dangerous while driving, even if done via speakerphone or Bluetooth. Tyler Estep, ajc, "State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever," 11 July 2018 Mickey's folks were instantly thrilled and Robin recalls telling her parents on speakerphone with Mickey sitting beside her. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "Don't think Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson will make it? Meet 4 couples who got engaged quickly," 23 June 2018 His offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, rather, is portrayed as Brady’s ever-present coaching foil, making cameos via speakerphone (or video chat) as Brady pores through game film and brainstorms ideas for new plays for upcoming games. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Tom Brady Gave a Filmmaker Unusual Access to His Private Life," 9 Jan. 2018 Trump was in his office with a handful of senior aides and put Abe on speakerphone. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 Voilà, your phone has become your infotainment system, capable of running your favorite navigation and music apps and using voice controls to place calls over speakerphone. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of speakerphone

1955, in the meaning defined above

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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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