ear defender


Definition of ear defender

: a device (such as an earplug) designed to lessen the transmission of excessive or damaging sound to the auditory receptors of the inner ear

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First Known Use of ear defender

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Ear defender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ear%20defender. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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