See also: phoné, -phone, and 'phone

English edit

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A rotary-dial phone

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fəʊ̯n/
  • (US) IPA(key): /foʊ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊn

Etymology 1 edit

Clipping of telephone; attested by 1884.

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phone (plural phones)

  1. A device for transmitting conversations and other sounds in real time across distances, now often a small portable unit also capable of running software etc.
    Hyponyms: cell phone, speakerphone, clamshell phone, flip phone, mobile phone, smartphone
    Daragh's on the phone at the moment. He'll call you when he's finished.
    My phone ran out of battery.
    There's an old-fashioned phone in the doctor's waiting room - it doesn't work anymore, of course.
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  • Burmese: ဖုန်း (hpun:)
  • Hindustani:
  • Irish: fón
  • Persian:
  • Portuguese: fone
  • Welsh: ffôn
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Verb edit

phone (third-person singular simple present phones, present participle phoning, simple past and past participle phoned)

  1. (transitive) To call (someone) using a telephone.
    Synonyms: call, ring, telephone
    Phone me as soon as you land at the airport.
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Terms derived from phone (etymology 1—verb)
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Etymology 2 edit

From Ancient Greek φωνή (phōnḗ, sound).

Noun edit

phone (plural phones)

  1. (phonetics) A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.
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phone m (plural phones)

  1. phon (a unit of apparent loudness)
  2. (linguistics) phone

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  1. inflection of phoner:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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