Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A record player; a phonograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A historic wind-up record player that acoustically reproduces sound from a disk rather than a cylinder record.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for recording, preserving, and reproducing sounds, the record being a tracing of a phonautograph etched in some solid material. Reproduction is accomplished by means of a system attached to an elastic diaphragm. This older term is almost completely replaced for modern devices by the word phonograph (or hi-fi), and technological changes have made the term sound antiquated, and it is usually used to refer to older non-electronic versions of the phonograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for permanently recording and reproducing sounds by means of a tracing made on the principle of the phonautogram and etched into some solid material.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an antique record player; the sound of the vibrating needle is amplified acoustically

Etymologies

Originally a trademark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Gramophone ("a trademark"), coined by Emile Berliner after the invention of the first phonograph, from Ancient Greek γράμμα (gramma, "letter") and φωνή (fone, "sound"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Outside the gramophone begins to blare The Holy City." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008