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[spee-ker-fohn] /ˈspi kərˌfoʊn/
a telephone or telephone attachment equipped with both loudspeaker and microphone, thus permitting the instrument to be used without being held.
Origin of speakerphone
1955-60, Americanism; (loud)speaker + (micro)phone or (tele)phone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for speakerphone
  • Record yourself speaking both directly into the phone and via the speakerphone.
  • The speakerphone and the vibrations are both weak, though.
  • The battery is good for three hours on speakerphone, and will stretch for a couple of days if you don't use the thing.
  • The generous keyboard makes for easy pecking, and the speakerphone automatically turns on when you open the brick for a call.
  • Weak speaker output during both multimedia playback and speakerphone calls.
  • The ringer is incredibly loud, so you won't miss a call, though the speakerphone could have a bit more muscle.
  • Tinny speakerphone is a blight on both calls and movies.
  • The speakerphone option is not be used if an official is on vacation.
  • Again, that's for drivers talking without using a speakerphone, ear bud or other hands-free device.
  • Skype users may be upset that it doesn't have a built-in speakerphone, though for the money, it does come with headphones.
British Dictionary definitions for speakerphone


a telephone incorporating an external microphone and loudspeaker, allowing several people to participate in a call at the same time
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