Definition of telephonist in English:

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telephonist

Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌfōnəst/

noun

British
An operator of a switchboard.
Example sentences
  • He went on to say that at one time there were 200 telephonists employed at the telephone exchange in Waterford but now there is not a single telephonist working here.
  • But some 15 percent of staff, including telephonists, medical records, transport and security staff would have their jobs sold off to private firms.
  • As the telephonist has classified the call as urgent another duty doctor telephones the patient back within three minutes, in order to determine the seriousness of the situation.

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Syllabification: te·leph·o·nist

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