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telephonist

[tuh-lef-uh-nist, tel-uh-foh-] /təˈlɛf ə nɪst, ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ-/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a telephone switchboard operator.
Origin of telephonist
1875-1880
1875-80; telephone + -ist
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telephonist

/tɪˈlɛfənɪst/
noun
1.
(Brit) a person who operates a telephone switchboard Also called (esp US) telephone operator
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