speak·​er·​phone ˈspē-kər-ˌfōn How to pronounce speakerphone (audio)
: 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 Comer hoped to air some of Archer's closed-door testimony -- including a claim that Hunter Biden frequently put his father on speakerphone in the presence of business associates -- in a public setting. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2024 Joe Biden attended dinners, spoke on speakerphone, showed up to meetings, and had coffee with his son’s foreign business associates. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 28 Feb. 2024 The speakerphone mic—a pinhole on the top panel—offers excellent intelligibility. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 During the visit, Biden put his father on the speakerphone, and the president expressed his condolences. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 Related The bittersweet moment was captured in a video posted to YouTube, showing Gold lying in bed as Parton chats with him over speakerphone. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 Dec. 2023 Instead, they were cloistered in a separate room as her testimony piped in by speakerphone. Vimal Patel, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 As is typical of most portable speakers in its size class, this model does not include a speakerphone function. PCMAG, 17 Sep. 2023 Little’s proposal prohibits a driver using a phone while driving unless it’s connected to a Bluetooth system or is on speakerphone mode or any other mechanism that would eliminate handling the phone itself. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speakerphone was in 1955

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“Speakerphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speakerphone. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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