from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the seven regional telephone companies created in 1984 when AT&T was ordered to divest itself of its local telephone service operations.
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- n. Any of the Regional Bell Operating Companies resulting from the division of AT&T Corporation into a number of smaller companies in the 1980s as part of an antitrust agreement.
From (Ma) Bell, nickname for Bell Telephone Company, after Alexander Graham Bell.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)