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noun Phonetics.
  1. a polyphonic letter or symbol.
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Origin of polyphone

From the Greek word polýphōnos, dating back to 1645–55. See poly-, -phone
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Examples from the Web for polyphone

Historical Examples

  • The Old Dear now put a penny in the slot of the polyphone, and winding it up started it playing.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    Robert Tressell

  • He had had six and a half pints of beer, and had listened to two selections on the polyphone at a total cost of one penny.

British Dictionary definitions for polyphone


  1. a letter or character having more than one phonetic value, such as English c, pronounced (k) before a, o, or u or (s) before e or i
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