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 The easiest pressing method calls for absorbent paper and heavy books (like an old telephone book). Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 Also included were the original back bar phone and Boston area telephone book. Brittany Bowker,, 5 June 2023 But in all fairness, Catherine Keener would be great just reading a telephone book. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 8 Sep. 2022 Another recurring theme in the book brings to mind William F. Buckley’s pronouncement (which has many versions) that he would rather be governed by names taken from the telephone book than by the Harvard faculty. Fred O’Brien, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 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,, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telephone book was in 1883

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“Telephone book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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