area code meaning

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Noun: area code
  1. A number usually of 3 digits assigned to a telephone area as in the United States and Canada

Derived forms: area codes

Type of: code

Encyclopedia: Area code

noun [C] (especially AmE)

the numbers for a particular area or city, that you use when you are making a telephone call from outside the local area:

For long distance calls dial '1' followed by the area code and number.


In the United States, a three-digit number that indicates the location, according to specified assigned districts, of a telephone sub-

scriber. When making a long-distance call, the area code of the desired station must be given in addition to the seven-digit telephone number.


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