Origin of gramophone
Examples from the Web for gramophone
"Give us a kiss, give us a kiss, by wireless," pleads the gramophone.Cavalry of the Clouds|Alan Bott
In the evening she played through the various reels of her gramophone, but the pretence of mirth was obvious now.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
Rossiter's new robustness of taste included love of a gramophone.Mrs. Warren's Daughter|Sir Harry Johnston
But the gramophone which he had rescued at such risk fell into the water and was no more seen.Gun running for Casement in the Easter rebellion, 1916|Karl Spindler
I skipped a gramophone emporium and a baby-linen shop and entered a fishmonger's.
British Dictionary definitions for gramophone
- 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 hornUS and Canadian name: phonograph
- (as modifier)a gramophone record
Word Origin for gramophone
Word Origin and History for gramophone
1887, trademark by German-born U.S. inventor Emil Berliner (1851-1929), an inversion of phonogram (1884) "the tracing made by a phonograph needle," coined from Greek phone "voice, sound" (see fame (n.)) + gramma "something written" (see grammar).
Berliner's machine used a flat disc and succeeded with the public. Edison's phonograph used a cylinder and did not. Despised by linguistic purists (Weekley calls gramophone "An atrocity formed by reversing phonogram") who tried to at least amend it to grammophone, it was replaced by record player after mid-1950s.