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telephone book

a book, directory, or the like, usually containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers in a city or other area, together with their addresses and telephone numbers.
Also called telephone directory.
Origin of telephone book
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At two he seized the telephone directory, and, a minute later, the instrument.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • A shelf is provided for the telephone directory, paper, pencil, etc.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor
  • She knew that he was at Shapley and looked it up in the telephone directory.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • Stepping into the hall, she consulted the telephone directory.

  • He took up from the desk a telephone directory and consulted it with interest.

    The Brute

    Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • As well set her to learning the first page of the telephone directory!

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • He scanned the pages of the telephone directory for the number he wanted.

    The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware Annie Fellows Johnston
  • After a hurried examination of the telephone directory, the young motorist called up the chief's office.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • I sent a notice to the Post Office about the telephone directory, telling them to alter the name.

  • Capturing a telephone directory, he found a chair by a window and turned to the list of hotels.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for telephone directory

telephone directory

a book listing the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of subscribers in a particular area
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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