telephone number


Definition of telephone number

: a number assigned to a telephone line for a specific phone or set of phones (as for a residence) that is used to call that phone

called also phone number

Examples of telephone number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Callers must continue to dial the number 1, plus the area code and telephone number, for long distance calls. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Local calls will require dialing area code plus phone number beginning in October," 27 Feb. 2021 The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 800-927-9275. Washington Post, "Recently Sold Homes," 2 Feb. 2021 The telephone number, according to the FBI, was associated with Black. Carol Robinson |, al, "Joshua Black, Alabama man arrested for storming Capitol, says he was shot in face defending police," 21 Jan. 2021 Jones said the Garland NAACP is fortunate to have an answering service that typically identifies the caller by the name in which their phone is listed and the telephone number. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Garland NAACP receives racist voicemail calling Martin Luther King Jr. the N-word," 20 Jan. 2021 The system also offered a special temporary telephone number for parents, staff and educators to call for more information: 256-428-7773. Lee Roop |, al, "Huntsville schools: Social Security numbers at risk in ransomware attack," 21 Dec. 2020 Then we were told that Richard Pipes, now a senior adviser on Soviet affairs at the White House, could not find our telephone number (it’s not in the directories), and was asking us to call him. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, "An Encounter Sabotaged," 17 Nov. 2020 The no-cost registration would include the donor's information, including address, email and telephone number, and information on when and where the distribution will occur. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Proposal would require registration before making donations to homeless on Indy streets," 17 Nov. 2020 The Scores New Orleans and Stiletto's Cabaret telephone numbers are no longer working, and there was no answer to Scores West's telephone number. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "Exotic dancers sue New Orleans club owners over employment status, wages and tips," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of telephone number

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telephone number was in 1880

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3 Mar 2021

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“Telephone number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of telephone number

: a number that you dial on a telephone to reach a particular person, business, etc.

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