telephone book

noun

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 Facebook has become the telephone book (and birthday calendar) of the Internet. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 The telephone book of that year lists 19 Food Fair stores, a competing chain based in Philadelphia but well known throughout Baltimore for its distinctive pylon architecture and aggressive marketing campaigns. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 10 July 2021 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, 30 Aug. 2020 Hazmi was even listed in the San Diego telephone book. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 23 Jan. 2020 The disappearance of the telephone book is not the only relevant change. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 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, courant.com, 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, 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, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of telephone book

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Telephone book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telephone%20book. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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