Definition of intercom in English:



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

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


World War II: abbreviation of intercommunication.