-phone


a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).

Nearby words

  1. -philous,
  2. -phily,
  3. -phobe,
  4. -phobia,
  5. -phobic,
  6. -phony,
  7. -phore,
  8. -phoresis,
  9. -phorous,
  10. -phrenia

Origin of -phone

see origin at phone2

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British Dictionary definitions for -phone

-phone

combining form

(forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off soundmicrophone; telephone
(forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular languageFrancophone
Derived Forms-phonic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phone

from Greek phōnē voice, sound

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Word Origin and History for -phone

-phone

word-forming element meaning "voice, sound," also "speaker of," from Greek phone "voice, sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, say, tell" (cf. Latin for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame (n.)).

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