- -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 saxophone2.) [in nouns] technicalsomeone 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.