te·​le·​pho·​nist tə-ˈle-fə-nist How to pronounce telephonist (audio) ˈte-lə-ˌfō-nist How to pronounce telephonist (audio)
: a telephone switchboard operator

Examples of telephonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was thus left to his mother, Margaret, who worked as a telephonist, to bring up the family. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telephonist was in 1879

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“Telephonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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