Definition of intercom in English:

intercom

noun

  • An electrical device allowing one-way or two-way communication.

    • ‘All are double-glazed and have security intercoms.’
    • ‘After the initial jolt, there was silence over the intercoms.’
    • ‘All apartments in Rosehaven come with Gold Shield electric heating, security intercoms and higher than average ceilings.’
    • ‘‘Attention shoppers, the mall is now closing, the mall is now closing’ an announcing voice said from the intercoms.’
    • ‘Two pedestrian access gates are electronically controlled by intercoms in each apartment.’
    • ‘I think we should have intercoms between the cars.’
    • ‘In the observation room, visitors can view the surgery on monitors and communicate with the surgical team through intercoms.’
    • ‘The two of you communicate over an intercom, with the experimenter standing next to you.’
    • ‘Simple communicators, baby-minders, intercoms, and toys can often be on the same frequencies.’
    • ‘The Blue Hawk leader nodded solemnly and passed her the speaker for the intercom.’
    • ‘The voice of John's secretary came over the telephone intercom and he retreated behind his desk to take care of it.’
    • ‘Security is tight, with intercoms at entrances, high, enclosed fencing, and only stipulated adults are allowed to fetch children.’
    • ‘A tall iron fence surrounds their house and electronic gates with an intercom are the only way in.’
    • ‘A moment later, the intercom chirped and a deeply gruff voice spoke from the speaker.’
    • ‘Could it be time to install two-way intercoms in all carriages, so that we can offer a cheery hello to the driver whenever we set foot on a train?’
    • ‘It helps to have more than one communication system like intercoms, telephones and radios, according to Layne.’
    • ‘Some systems allow you to use another handset as the intercom instead of the base station.’
    • ‘Tests were run over telephones and intercoms to determine optimum degrees of loudness for giving instructions and commands.’
    • ‘Each apartment has feature windows, security intercoms, fitted kitchens which include oven, hob and extractor fan, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer.’
    • ‘The Captain was just beginning to grow angry, when she remembered that all of the intercoms in both hangars frequently shorted out, due to the heavy fumes and chemicals present.’

Origin

Second World War: abbreviation of intercommunication.

Pronunciation

intercom

/ˈin(t)ərˌkäm//ˈɪn(t)ərˌkɑm/