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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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  • She had forgotten where he lived so stopped at a corner drug store to consult a telephone directory.

    The Secret of the Sundial Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • A shelf is provided for the telephone directory, paper, pencil, etc.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Would it not be a good plan, before going on with this game of telephoning, for the class to make a telephone directory?

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

    The Brute Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • Any other American telephone directory will show the same extraordinary multiplication of exotic patronymics.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • He scanned the pages of the telephone directory for the number he wanted.

    The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware Annie Fellows Johnston
  • At two he seized the telephone directory, and, a minute later, the instrument.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • There is hardly a name in the telephone directory that is not fastened to some wonderful peak in this garden spot of ours.

    Through Glacier Park Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
  • Find a drugstore, where there would likely be a telephone directory, and go in and look up the address of a hock shop.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
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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