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  1. an intercommunication system using telephones to connect offices, stations, etc., as in a building or ship; intercom.
  2. a telephone used in such a system.

Origin of interphone

First recorded in 1940–45; formerly trademark
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  • His interphone light flickered, and he touched the switch absently.


    Algirdas Jonas Budrys

  • Marlowe slapped his interphone switch as soon as the alien was gone.


    Algirdas Jonas Budrys

  • His meditation was interrupted by the buzzing of the interphone.

    The Great Gray Plague

    Raymond F. Jones

  • The Red Dog interphone system might or might not be on the same band they used.

  • He checked his interphone to make sure it was working and called again.

British Dictionary definitions for interphone


  1. a telephone system for linking different rooms within a building, ship, etc
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