[ gram-uh-fohn ]
/ ˈgræm əˌfoʊn /


a phonograph.

Origin of gramophone

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


gram·o·phon·ic [gram-uh-fon-ik] /ˌgræm əˈfɒn ɪk/, gram·o·phon·i·cal, adjectivegram·o·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gramophone

/ (ˈɡræməˌfəʊn) /


  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a gramophone record
the technique and practice of recording sound on discthe gramophone has made music widely available

Derived forms of gramophone

gramophonic (ˌɡræməˈfɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for gramophone

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