telephone book


Definition of telephone book

: a book listing the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of telephone customers

Examples of telephone book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the Restoration Hardware catalogue arrives, like a parody of the whole problem, in two volumes, each the size of a telephone book. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, "A House Is Not a Home," 30 Aug. 2020 Hazmi was even listed in the San Diego telephone book. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 The disappearance of the telephone book is not the only relevant change. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Provide nosy neighbor with email address instead," 5 Nov. 2019 The system will contact anyone in the white pages of a telephone book and those who have registered their smart phone devices with the town to receive messages. Peter Marteka,, "South Windsor to use reverse emergency alert system to notify residents about polling change," 9 Oct. 2019 The staff compiled a list of 10 million people from telephone books, subscriber lists from many different periodicals, association and club membership rosters and other sources. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Surveys are harder, more complicated than people think," 25 Aug. 2019 His plans for each mission were thicker than the New York telephone books of those days. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95," 22 July 2019 Mail, envelopes, home/office/school paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books and mixed paper. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place seeks new recycling option for residents," 6 June 2019 Mixed paper, which covers junk mail, magazines, telephone books and more, poses a particular problem. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of telephone book

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Telephone book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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