Meaning of “switchboard” in the English Dictionary

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"switchboard" in British English

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switchboardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈswɪtʃ.bɔːd/ us /ˈswɪtʃ.bɔːrd/

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

"switchboard" in American English

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switchboardnoun [ C ]

us /ˈswɪtʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/

a piece of equipment that is used to direct all the telephone calls esp. in an office or hotel

(Definition of “switchboard” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"switchboard" in Business English

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switchboardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈswɪtʃbɔːd/ us

COMMUNICATIONS, WORKPLACE a piece of equipment used to direct telephone calls to the right department or person in an organization:

jam/man/ring the switchboard Viewers jammed the switchboard with complaints.
She worked as a switchboard operator at a hotel.

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