Meaning of “cell phone” in the English Dictionary


"cell phone" in English

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cell phonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsel fəʊn/ us /ˈsel foʊn/ mainly US also cellular phone, UK usually mobile phone

Examples from literature

  • Do you have a cell phone? 
  • How many of your friends have a cell phone or a laptop? 
  • In today’s world, there are many new phobias like nomophobia, the fear of not being in contact with others by cell phone! 
  • Since there are a limited number of characters on a cell phone, chapters are very short and the action of the story moves fast. 
  • We use gold in computers and cell phones. 
  • You need to leave your computer at home and your cell phone off for this vacation in Thailand. 
  • You’re on vacation in another country, and your cell phone doesn’t work. 
  • The cell phone in her purse chirped and she reached for it with more than a trace of irritation. 
  • The door to the room on his left opened and a guy with a suitcase in one hand and a cell phone to his ear hurried out of the room and down the hall. 
  • You old people, you turn up your noses whenever someone ten years younger than you points out that cell phones are actually a pretty good way for people to communicate with each other—even subversively. 

(Definition of “cell phone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cell phone" in Business English

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cell phonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈselfəʊn/ us /-foʊn/ US also cellular phone, also informal cell, also UK mobile phone

COMMUNICATIONS a phone that is connected to a phone system by radio instead of by a wire, and which can therefore be used anywhere where its signals can be received:

What's your cell phone number?
You can reach me by email or cell phone.

(Definition of “cell phone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)