videophone n.

a telephone incorporating a video screen on which the other person may be seen speaking


  • 1944 R. E. Lee Television v. 83

    We shall undoubtedly see videophones replacing telephones in common usage.

  • 1945 A. E. van Vogt World of Null-A in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 9/2 A. E. van Vogt

    He closed the door, fastened the three plasto-windows and put a tracer on his videophone.

  • 1948 A. E. van Vogt in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 18/1 A. E. van Vogt

    He looked for a message that might have been left for him, a more complete and personal account than could be intrusted to the videophone exchange.

  • 1951 C.L. Moore No Woman Born in โ€˜M. Leinsterโ€™ Great Stories Science Fiction 185

    Toward evening he surrendered and called Maltzerโ€™s apartment by videophone.

  • 1966 I. Asimov Key in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 30/2 Isaac Asimov

    Ashley rose. โ€˜Where is your videophone?โ€™ โ€˜In the next room.โ€™

  • 2005 R. J. Sawyer Mindscan xxxiv. 246 Robert J. Sawyer

    The videophone was signaling an incoming call.

Research requirements

antedating 1944

Earliest cite

a book about television

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Players of Null-A". Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "World of Null-A".

The OED's citation is from a 1955 reprint of C. L. Moore's "No Woman Born". Mike Christie checked the original 1944 publication, and the term was not used there: Jeff Prucher found that the term was not used in a 1948 reprint, but does appear in a 1951 reprint.

OED subsequently found a 1944 example in a non-SF context. We would love to find an earlier example from a SF source.

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