telephone box


: a public telephone booth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The store also features a London telephone box for photo opportunities with a hinge to ensure wheelchair users are also able to enjoy the experience. Emma Pocock, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Jeanie tries and fails to cash her paychecks, finds that the iconic red public telephone box has been filled with used books. Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 The installation was a mock prison, reminiscent of a British telephone box. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2019 That is roughly twice the volume of one of London’s red telephone boxes. Oliver Morton, WIRED, 4 June 2019 The English-centric décor, with a big red telephone box, paintings and photographs, makes this shop a bit kitschy. Ann Maloney,, 17 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telephone box was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Telephone box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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