ear·​bud ˈir-ˌbəd How to pronounce earbud (audio)
: a small earphone inserted into the ear

Examples of earbud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parker allegedly removed the earbuds from the TSA passenger screening area; the item's owner identified her and she was removed from her flight, Variety reported. Laura Lane, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Should something like this happen in the future, what is a polite but FIRM way to disengage a chatty stranger, short of simply putting in my earbuds and ignoring him or her? Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 Smith then looked under the machine and saw the earbud. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 New AirPods, New Features Apple is preparing to significantly refresh the AirPods range, bringing key features down from the Pro range to the vanilla vanilla true wireless earbuds. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Available in your choice of six colors, these wireless earbuds deliver big HiFi sound thanks to its 13mm double-layer drivers. Tim Chan, Variety, 23 Mar. 2024 There’s more to these earbuds than superlative audio quality, though. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024 These earbuds come with great active noise cancellation, especially for this price point. Gabriela Vatu, PCMAG, 20 Mar. 2024 Like with the previous A10 earbuds, there’s no active noise cancellation here. Jon Porter, The Verge, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earbud was in 1984

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“Earbud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earbud. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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ear·​bud ˈi(ə)r-ˌbəd How to pronounce earbud (audio)
: a small earphone inserted into the ear

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