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area code

a three-digit code that identifies one of the telephone areas into which the U.S. and certain other countries are divided and that precedes the local telephone number when dialing a call between areas.
Origin of area code
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for area code
  • He gave his phone number with the last seven digits, then the area code.
  • Teach your children your telephone number and area code, teach them how to contact you or close friends.
  • Dial the area code of the location you are trying to reach.
  • He sees the area code and knows they're from his good buddy.
  • It also means that people who call you may incur long distance charges depending on their area code and service.
British Dictionary definitions for area code

area code

a number prefixed to an individual telephone number: used in making long-distance calls
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