[ gram-uh-fohn ]
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  1. a phonograph.

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Origin of gramophone

First recorded in 1887; originally a trademark; apparently inversion of phonogram now obsolete name for a phonographic cylinder

Other words from gramophone

  • gram·o·phon·ic [gram-uh-fon-ik], /ˌgræm əˈfɒn ɪk/, gram·o·phon·i·cal, adjective
  • gram·o·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby gramophone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gramophone in a sentence

  • The landlord, an unstoppable gramophone of garrulity, entering by the street-door and bearing down upon him, put him to flight.

  • She stood staring down a row of pink gramophone throats till he rejoined her and slipped his arm through hers.

    Summer | Edith Wharton
  • There was a click and two doors, ludicrously like the doors which deaden the volume of gramophone music, flew open.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • Its pivot had been destroyed in transit and Correll had replaced it by a gramophone needle, which was found too insensitive.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Speeches, toasts and a gramophone concert made the evening pass quickly and enjoyably.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for gramophone


/ (ˈɡræməˌfəʊn) /

    • Also called: acoustic gramophone a device for reproducing the sounds stored on a record: now usually applied to the nearly obsolete type that uses a clockwork motor and acoustic horn: US and Canadian name: phonograph

    • (as modifier): a gramophone record

  1. the technique and practice of recording sound on disc: the gramophone has made music widely available

Origin of gramophone

C19: originally a trademark, perhaps based on an inversion of phonogram; see phono-, -gram

Derived forms of gramophone

  • gramophonic (ˌɡræməˈfɒnɪk), adjective

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