Definition of telephonist in English:

telephonist

Syllabification: te·leph·o·nist
Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌfōnist, təˈlefə-
 
/

noun

British
  • An operator of a switchboard.
    More 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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