[ lawng-dis-tuh ns, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈdɪs təns, ˈlɒŋ- /


of, from, or between distant places: a long-distance phone call.
for, over, or covering long distances: a long-distance runner.


by long-distance telephone: to call someone long-distance.

Nearby words

  1. long-chain,
  2. long-coats,
  3. long-dated,
  4. long-day,
  5. long-day plant,
  6. long-drawn-out,
  7. long-eared owl,
  8. long-faced,
  9. long-form,
  10. long-haul

Origin of long-distance

First recorded in 1880–85

long distance


telephone service between distant places.

Origin of long distance

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for long-distance



(modifier) covering relatively long distancesa long-distance driver
(modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
mainly US and Canadian a long-distance telephone call
a long-distance telephone system or its operator


by a long-distance telephone linehe phoned long-distance
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Word Origin and History for long-distance



1884, in reference to telephoning, from long (adj.) + distance (n.).

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