from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A three-digit number that is assigned to a geographical area in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, used before a seven-digit telephone number when placing a call to, and sometimes from within, that area.
- noun A similar number of varying length assigned to geographic areas in other parts of the world.
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- noun A
prefixappended to a telephone numberindicating the geographical area.
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- noun a number usually of 3 digits assigned to a telephone area as in the United States and Canada
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