a telephone or telephone attachment equipped with both loudspeaker and microphone, thus permitting the instrument to be used without being held.

Origin of speakerphone

1955–60, Americanism; (loud)speaker + (micro)phone or (tele)phone
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Contemporary Examples of speakerphone

  • This professor at Aquinas College in Michigan has a rule: if your phone rings in class, you must answer it on speakerphone.

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  • A friendly girl at the reception buzzes new visitors in, after a short interview on a speakerphone.

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Historical Examples of speakerphone

  • His speakerphone made him sound like he was at the bottom of a well.


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British Dictionary definitions for speakerphone



a telephone incorporating an external microphone and loudspeaker, allowing several people to participate in a call at the same time
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