ear·​bud | \ ˈir-ˌbəd \

Definition of earbud

: a small earphone inserted into the ear

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Damn Right We’re Interested Award 99 Percent Invisible’s Avery Trufelman launched her capsule podcast Articles of Interest—and the series on the social history of clothing was the best thing to stream through our earbuds all year. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Headphones Long before Spotify and Bluetooth earbuds, switchboard operators working the World Wars and military members used some of the first headphone prototypes. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How 5 Everyday Products Have Changed Through the Ages," 10 Dec. 2018 Your ears might receive a small electrostatic discharge from the earbuds. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Died After Reportedly Being Shocked by His Headphones," 10 Dec. 2018 Computer for schoolwork and stuff, headphones, speakers and earbuds. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 All share the challenge of wooing listeners who already get free earbuds with their smartphones. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Sony, Home of the Walkman, Wants Its Status Back in Headphones," 28 Oct. 2018 The Momentum earbuds are quite large and hefty for true wireless buds. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018 Sure, wireless earbuds are slowly getting better and becoming more popular, but some still appreciate (or demand) the reliability of a headphone jack. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink," 2 Nov. 2018 After years of analyzing its stores, Nike realized that a lot of shoppers don’t want to be bothered by sales associates or even have to take out their earbuds. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of earbud

1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earbud

: a small earphone that you insert into your ear

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