• WordNet 3.6
    • n telephonist someone who helps callers get the person they are calling
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n telephonist A person versed in telephony, or who uses the telephone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Telephonist one who uses the telephone, one skilled in its use
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tēle, far, phōnē, a sound.


In literature:

The Japanese were enthusiastic telephonists from the first.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
We have hardly got going again when we have to recoil once more into a traverse to let the relief of the telephonists go by.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
At that moment a ringing of the bell jarred the ears of both telephonists.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
I had only a kid telephonist with me, but we found a stretcher, went forward and got him out.
"Carry On" by Coningsby Dawson
Others, the telegraphists and telephonists are in the Signalling Corps and these are the only ones who wear Army badges.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
The colonel says Scotsmen ought never to be allowed to be telephonists.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Except possibly for our hard-worked telephonists we need no rest.
"Servants of the Guns" by Jeffery E. Jeffery
The telephonists had listened to the order transmitted over the wires.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
Our telephonists are at the foot of the ladder on the first floor.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley