-phone


-phone
-phone [fəun US foun] suffix
[: Greek; Origin: -phonos 'sounding', from phone; PHON-]
1.) [in nouns]
an instrument or machine relating to sound or hearing, especially a musical instrument
earphones (=for listening to a radio etc)
a saxophone
2.) [in nouns] technical
someone who speaks a particular language
a Francophone (=someone who speaks French)
3.) [in adjectives]
speaking a particular language
Francophone nations (=nations where French is spoken)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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