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"area code" in British English

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area codenoun [C]

 us   /ˈeər·i·ə ˌkoʊd/
a set of three ​numbers, ​connected with a ​particular area, that come at the ​beginning of a ​telephonenumber
(Definition of area code from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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area codenoun [C]

uk   us   COMMUNICATIONS
a ​series of ​numbers that you use before the ​mainphonenumber when you ​phone someone outside your own city or ​area
(Definition of area code from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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