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phone1

[fohn]
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noun
  1. telephone(def 1).
  2. a portable electronic telephone device, as a cell phone, mobile phone, or smartphone.
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verb (used with object), phoned, phon·ing.
  1. to speak to or summon (a person) by telephone.
  2. to send (a message) by telephone.
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verb (used without object), phoned, phon·ing.
  1. to send a message by telephone.
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Origin of phone1

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening

phone2

[fohn]
noun Phonetics.
  1. 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

-phone

  1. a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
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Origin of -phone

see origin at phone2
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British Dictionary definitions for phone

phone1

noun, verb
  1. short for telephone
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phone2

noun
  1. phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice

-phone

combining form
  1. (forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off soundmicrophone; telephone
  2. (forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular languageFrancophone
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Derived Forms-phonic, adj combining form

Word Origin

from Greek phōnē voice, sound
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Word Origin and History for phone

n.1

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

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v.

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

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n.2

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

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-phone

word-forming element meaning "voice, sound," also "speaker of," from Greek phone "voice, sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, say, tell" (cf. Latin for, fari "to speak," fama "talk, report;" see fame (n.)).

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