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cell phone

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfəʊn
 
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Definition of cell phone in English:

noun

chiefly North American
A mobile phone.
Example sentences
  • It can send a text message to a cellphone or another of the new phones, using BT's Cellnet cellular network.
  • They are the perfect bugging tool for spies: cellphones that answer calls silently.
  • To be viable, cellphones and future wireless Internet access devices will need to be mass-produced.

Origin

1980s: shortening of cellular phone.

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