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[fohn] /foʊn/

noun, verb (used with or without object), phoned, phoning.
[fohn] /foʊn/
noun, Phonetics.
a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”.
a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
noun, verb
short for telephone
(phonetics) a single uncomplicated speech sound
combining form
(forming nouns) indicating voice, sound, or a device giving off sound: microphone, telephone
(forming nouns and adjectives) (a person) speaking a particular language: Francophone

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

“elementary sound of a spoken language,” 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

word-forming element meaning “voice, sound,” also “speaker of,” from Greek phone “voice, sound,” from PIE root *bha- (2) “to speak, say, tell” (cf. Latin for, fari “to speak,” fama “talk, report;” see fame (n.)).

Related Terms

flip phone, hold the phone


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  • Phonecard

    /ˈfəʊnˌkɑːd/ noun 1. a card for use in a cardphone that operates for the number or duration of calls paid for in the purchase price of the card

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