Also especially before a vowel, phon-.
Compare -phone, -phony.

Origin of phono-

1945–50; < Greek, combining form representing phōnḗ voice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phono-


before a vowel phon-

combining form
  1. indicating a sound or voicephonograph; phonology

Word Origin for phono-

from Greek phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for phono-

word-forming element meaning "sound, voice," from Greek phono-, comb. form of phone "voice, sound" (see fame (n.)).

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phono- in Medicine


  1. Sound; voice; speech:phonometer.
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