phone

2
[fohn]

noun Phonetics.

a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”

Compare allophone, phoneme.

Origin of phone

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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

phone

1

noun, verb

short for telephone

phone

2

noun

phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound

Word Origin for phone

C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for phonal

phone

n.1

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

phone

v.

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

phone

n.2

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phonal in Medicine

phonal

[fōnəl]

adj.

Of, relating to, or being sound.
Of, relating to, or characterizing the voice.
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