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telephone booth

a more or less soundproof booth containing a public telephone.
Also called, especially British, telephone box.
Origin of telephone booth
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The room was still unfurnished, save for the telephone box on the wall.

    The Leak Jacques Futrelle
  • Mr. Harbison stared up at her, with the telephone box in his hands.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A mile and a half from Watson Lake we came to a telephone box.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • Five minutes later the legal luminary came out of the telephone box.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • For a moment he leaned against the side of the telephone box shaking uncontrollably.

  • With a quickly-beating heart Sally went into the telephone box and answered.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • The telephone box was placed there, and Furneaux emerged as the other ran down a few steps.

  • I entered the station, and for some moments stood outside the telephone box numbered 4.

    The Sign of Silence William Le Queux
  • "Merci, mam'selle," replied Dastral, as he hastened to the telephone box.

British Dictionary definitions for telephone box

telephone box

an enclosure from which a paid telephone call can be made Also called telephone kiosk, telephone booth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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