telephonist

[ tuh-lef-uh-nist, tel-uh-foh- ]
/ təˈlɛf ə nɪst, ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ- /

noun Chiefly British.

a telephone switchboard operator.

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Origin of telephonist

First recorded in 1875–80; telephone + -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for telephonist

telephonist
/ (tɪˈlɛfənɪst) /

noun

British a person who operates a telephone switchboardAlso called (esp US): telephone operator
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