He then stepped away and lifted a telephone from its receiver on the wall.
The last time I spoke with Olen Burrage, it was by telephone.
Amid this backdrop Sir John ordered the General Post Office (GPO) covertly to monitor the King's telephone calls.
1835, "apparatus for signaling by musical notes" (devised by Sudré in 1828), from French téléphone (c.1830), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Also used of other apparatus early 19c., including "instrument similar to a foghorn for signaling from ship to ship" (1844). The electrical communication tool was first described in modern form by P.Reis (1861); developed by Bell, and so called by him from 1876.
1878, from telephone (n.). Related: Telephoned; telephoning.