from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A three-digit number 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.
- n. A similar number of varying length assigned to geographic areas in other parts of the world.
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- n. A prefix appended to a telephone number indicating the geographical area.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a number usually of 3 digits assigned to a telephone area as in the United States and Canada
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With this service activated, callers dial your back-home area code and cellular phone number and the system tries to find you.
By the way, I couldn't help but recognize the area code you called from.
I dug into the pocket of my pants, pulled out the cell phone I’d bought to have a Chicago area code to fool Mrs. Mullin’s husband with.
Laboriously, Dortmunder stated May’s new phone number into Doug Berry’s machine, area code and all, then said, “Call collect, if you want, dammit.