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gramophone Line breaks: gramo|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈɡraməfəʊn/

Definition of gramophone in English:


Old-fashioned term for record player.
Example sentences
  • Vinyl recordings and gramophones were sent back from America before they became readily available in Ireland and in this way he acquired a large repertoire of tunes often several in the same week.
  • There was a gramophone at home and recordings of opera.
  • Exhibits will include film and audio clips, scripts, designs, posters, diaries, costume, radios and gramophones and 78 rpm records,


Pronunciation: /ɡraməˈfɒnɪk/
Example sentences
  • Just as each fibre in a piece of tissue is spontaneously soaked when the tip of its corner meets the water surface, I am whisked off to a personal wonderland of wistful sighs whenever I hear that distinctive gramophonic sound.
  • I consider it a real gramophonic experience: bits of it could be used to prove everything about quadraphonic recording.


Late 19th century: formed by inversion of elements of phonogram 'sound recording'.

  • phonetic from early 19th century:

    Phonetic is from modern Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein ‘speak’. Other words from the same source are gramophone (late 19th century), and its reversed form phonograph (mid 19th century) originally a phonetic symbol, which explains the use of the combining form—gram used for ‘something written’; and saxophone (mid 19th century) an instrument for making pleasant sounds invented by the Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1840.

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