[ fohn ]
/ foʊn /
a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”
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Origin of phone2
First recorded in 1865–70, phone is from the Greek word phōnḗ voice
Related formspho·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phonal (1 of 2)
/ (fəʊn) /
short for telephone
British Dictionary definitions for phonal (2 of 2)
/ (fəʊn) /
phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
Word Origin for phone
C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice
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Medicine definitions for phonal
[ fō′nəl ]
Of, relating to, or being sound.
Of, relating to, or characterizing the voice.
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