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1, used to dial long-distance numbers + 800, which was, for a long time, the only North American toll-free area code.


  • enPR: wŭn'āthŭnʹdrəd, IPA(key): /ˌwʌneɪtˈhʌndɹəd/
  • Hyphenation: one‧eight‧hun‧dred



  1. (Canada, US) A toll-free number or a long-distance telephone numbers; using any of North American toll-free area codes 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 or 833.
    866-555-1234... that's a 1-800 number, isn't it?
    • 1994, Bill Clinton, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton[1]:
      FEMA has got a 1-800 number.
    • 1999, 106-1 Hearing [2]
      We provided a 1-800 hot line and a new food stamp tool kit which I would also like to provide for the record.
    • 2001, David Wade, Ron Recardo, Corporate Performance Management[3]:
      Exhibit 9.2 represents a 1-800 customer ordering process.
    • 2001, Mark Graham, The Third Day[4]:
      Once when her husband had got a 1-800 number she used to get calls from all sorts of lonely weirdos who had nothing better to do late at night than call up people they didn't know.
    • 2002, Elaine Dundon, The Seeds of Innovation[5]:
      Many people have profited from providing easy services that others do not like to do, such as a simple service like barbeque cleaning, superscoopers for cleaning up after dogs, an errand service, or a 1-800 tele-tutor service for school-age children who need assistance with their homework.
    • 2003, Bambi Vincent, Bob Arno, Travel Advisory!: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams While Traveling[6]:
      “I got a 1-800 number. I could check your credit card right now, and get an approval code, or find out if it's stolen or not. Just dial a 1-800 number and deal with computers."


  • 1-800 number (North America)
  • 0800 number (UK)
  • 0500 number (UK, rarely used)
  • 0808 number (UK, rarely used)
  • Freefone number (UK)
  • toll-free number (North America)

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