The origin of the word telephone

The term telephone was adopted into the vocabulary of many languages. It is derived from the Greek: τῆλε, tēle, “far” and φωνή, phōnē, “voice”, together meaning “distant voice”.

The Greek root word phone means “sound.” This word root is the word origin of a number of English vocabulary words, including microphone, phone, and saxophone. An easy way to remember that phone means “sound” is through the word symphony, which is many instruments making a “sound” together.

You can also read:The origin of the word theatre

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