phone (n.1)

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

phone (n.2)

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone "sound, voice," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say."

phone (v.)

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

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