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

Origin of -phone

see origin at phone2
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British Dictionary definitions for -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 of -phone

-phonic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phone

from Greek phōnē voice, sound
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