Telephone etymology


English word telephone comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) φωνή, Ancient Greek (to 1453) τῆλε, French téléphoner ((intransitive) To call, to ring, to telephone.)

Etymology of telephone

Detailed word origin of telephone

Dictionary entry Language Definition
φωνή Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
τῆλε Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
téléphoner French (fr) (intransitive) To call, to ring, to telephone.
téléphone French (fr) Telephone.
telephone English (en) (ambitransitive) To (attempt to) contact someone using the telephone. (North America, uncountable) The game of Chinese whispers.. A telecommunication device (originally mechanical, and now electronic) used for two-way talking with another person (often shortened to phone).

Words with the same origin as telephone

Descendants of φωνή

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