- a combining form meaning “sound,” “voice,” used in the formation of compound words: phonology.
Also especially before a vowel, phon-.
Origin of phono-
1945–50; < Greek, combining form representing phōnḗ voice
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before a vowel phon-
- indicating a sound or voicephonograph; phonology
from Greek phōnē sound, voice
Word Origin and History for phono-
word-forming element meaning "sound, voice," from Greek phono-, comb. form of phone "voice, sound" (see fame (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Sound; voice; speech:phonometer.
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