Definition of cell phone in English:

cell phone

Pronunciation /ˈsel ˌfōn/ /ˈsɛl ˌfoʊn/


North American
  • A phone with access to a cellular radio system so it can be used over a wide area, without a physical connection to a network; a mobile phone.

    • ‘It can send a text message to a cellphone or another of the new phones, using BT's Cellnet cellular network.’
    • ‘They are the perfect bugging tool for spies: cellphones that answer calls silently.’
    • ‘To be viable, cellphones and future wireless Internet access devices will need to be mass-produced.’
    • ‘Hands-free earpieces for cellphones do not necessarily cut the brain's exposure to microwaves’
    • ‘Some of these systems are still being installed in aircraft, so the CAA cannot risk lifting the ban on the use of cellphones in flight.’
    • ‘The problem may be particularly serious in Britain, but we should remember that thieves steal cellphones everywhere.’
    • ‘All cellphones made in the US now have to include some form of locator technology so that they can be tracked by emergency services.’
    • ‘With new jamming technology, cellphones can be completely blocked in a bid to keep the outside world at bay.’
    • ‘It seems cellphones have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives.’
    • ‘In February came claims that an unpublished study had found that cellphones cause memory loss.’
    • ‘Uncertainty over radiation from cellphones has been compounded by the lack of a standard test.’
    • ‘They are completely lost, with no water, no maps and certainly no cellphones or GPS handsets.’
    • ‘So why should payphone cards and prepay cellphones be any different?’
    • ‘Mobile phone users should ensure that the volume of the cellphone is at a low level.’
    • ‘The United States Telecom Association has filed a suit to prevent people taking their landline numbers to cellphones.’
    • ‘When Sapa tried to reach him for comment on the matter, his cellphone was on voicemail.’
    • ‘He said his son voluntarily took out his cellphone from his bag after pupils with cellphones were asked to hand them over.’
    • ‘The data is relayed via the user's cellphone to a computer, which displays their position on a map.’
    • ‘They were obviously in no position to answer their cellphones which kept ringing with distracting regularity.’
    • ‘Digital cellphones are similar to radar, using pulses carried by microwaves.’
    telephone, mobile phone, mobile, cell phone, car phone, radiotelephone, cordless phone, videophone, extension


1980s shortening of cellular phone.


cell phone

/ˈsel ˌfōn/ /ˈsɛl ˌfoʊn/