[ land-lahyn ]
/ ˈlændˌlaɪn /


a circuit of wire or cable connecting two ground locations.
a telecommunications line, service, or connection that uses wire running over land or underground to connect to a network: telegraph and telephone landlines.
Also called landline telephone, landline phone. a telephone that is connected by wire to a network.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a telephone.

Nearby words

  1. landino,
  2. landis,
  3. landis, kenesaw mountain,
  4. landlady,
  5. landless,
  6. landlocked,
  7. landlocked salmon,
  8. landloper,
  9. landlord,
  10. landlordism

Origin of landline

First recorded in 1860–65; land + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for landline



also land-line, by 1861, originally a telegraph wire run over land (as opposed to under sea); from land (n.) + line (n.). In modern use (by 1965), a telephone line which uses wire or some other material (distinguished from a radio or cellular line).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper