Definition of phonograph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfōnəˌɡraf/


1North American A record player.
Example sentences
  • Peer was born in Kansas City and helped his father sell sewing machines, phonographs and recordings as a teen.
  • Americans had sewing machines, phonographs, skyscrapers, and even electric lights, yet most people labored in the shadow of poverty.
  • It makes us dream again that in some secluded corner an old phonograph recording is still intact on which the great preacher's voice may be heard!
1.1chiefly historical An early sound-reproducing machine that used cylinders to record as well as reproduce sound.
Example sentences
  • Early phonographs could record as well as play and were supposed to make recordings that would be sent through the mail, replacing written letters.
  • And while unconfirmed in the credits, it is clear that the sound was recorded directly onto wax cylinders by an Edison phonograph.
  • It is night in a tumbledown shack; an old woman in a rocking chair gazes at pictures of herself as a young opera star and, taking a draught of gin, she plays on an old cylinder phonograph the one surviving record of her voice.



Pronunciation: /ˌfōnəˈɡrafik/
Example sentences
  • The jury of Germany's phonographic award, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, recently honoured Suzuki's team for the 27th sequel of its recordings all of Bach's cantatas.
  • Thus, with authorization from a Colonel Átila, whom he had to ask permission to leave town, Chico left Brazil in January and attended a large trade show for the phonographic industry held in Europe.
  • Iap warned in a report presented at the seminar that the country's film-making industry and phonographic industry are declining rapidly and that his office is trying to reverse the trend by giving them aid and encouraging them to develop.

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Syllabification: pho·no·graph

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