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phone

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

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First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening

Other definitions for phone (2 of 3)

phone2
[ fohn ]
/ foʊn /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM phone

phonal, adjective

Other definitions for phone (3 of 3)

-phone

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

Origin of -phone

see origin at phone2
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British Dictionary definitions for phone (1 of 3)

phone1
/ (fəʊn) /

noun, verb
short for telephone

British Dictionary definitions for phone (2 of 3)

phone2
/ (fəʊn) /

noun
phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound

Word Origin for phone

C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice

British Dictionary definitions for phone (3 of 3)

-phone

combining form
(forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off soundmicrophone; telephone
(forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular languageFrancophone

Derived forms of -phone

-phonic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phone

from Greek phōnē voice, sound
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