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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phonefoʊn(n.; v.t.; v.i.)phoned, phon•ing.

  1. telephone.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

Origin of phone:



  1. a single speech sound.

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: Compare allophone, phoneme .

Origin of phone:

1865–70; < Gk phōnḗ voice


  1. a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “speaker” (of the language specified) (Francophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -phone:

see phone2


  1. -phone(Suffix)

    A type of sound e.g. allophone.

  2. -phone(Suffix)

    A device that makes a sound e.g. saxophone.

  3. Origin: From φωνή, related to fame.


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