[ foh-nuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈfoʊ nəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

Origin of phonograph

1825–35 in sense “phonogram”; 1877 for the “talking phonograph” invented by T. A. Edison; phono- + -graph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for phonograph

/ (ˈfəʊnəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


an early form of gramophone capable of recording and reproducing sound on wax cylinders
Also called: gramophone, record player US and Canadian a device for reproducing the sounds stored on a record: now usually applied to the nearly obsolete type that uses a clockwork motor and acoustic horn
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