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area code

noun
1.
a three-digit code that identifies one of the telephone areas into which the U.S. and certain other countries are divided and that precedes the local telephone number when dialing a call between areas.
Origin of area code
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65
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area code

noun
1.
a number prefixed to an individual telephone number: used in making long-distance calls
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