- a telephone switchboard operator.
Origin of telephonist
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Examples from the Web for telephonist
In registering guns you take a telephonist and linesmen with you.The Glory of the Trenches
Then, just as the telephonist reported "through" again the inevitable happened.Servants of the Guns
Jeffery E. Jeffery
This entailed getting up early, so after an hour's rest without sleeping, I set off with my telephonist.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
For the purpose of maintaining communication a French telephonist was quartered in our dug-out.
Close to the entrance a telephonist sat on the ground with an instrument beside him.Grapes of wrath
- British a person who operates a telephone switchboardAlso called (esp US): telephone operator
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