area code


noun

a three-digit code that identifies one of the telephone areas into which the U.S. and certain other countries are divided and that precedes the local telephone number when dialing a call between areas.

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Origin of area code

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for area code

area code

noun

a number prefixed to an individual telephone number: used in making long-distance calls
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