- a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”
Origin of phone2
First recorded in 1865–70, phone is from the Greek word phōnḗ voice
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- short for telephone
- phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice
Word Origin and History for phonal
1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.
1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.
"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or being sound.
- Of, relating to, or characterizing the voice.