English definition of “telephone”
/ˈtelɪfəʊn/ noun (also phone)
COMMUNICATION [U] › a communication system that is used to talk to someone who is in another place: a telephone call I'm sorry, he's on the telephone (= using the telephone) at the moment.
EQUIPMENT [C] › a piece of equipment that is used to talk to someone who is in another place: The telephone rang and she hurried to pick it up. Could you answer the telephone?