ear·​muff | \ ˈir-ˌməf How to pronounce earmuff (audio) \

Definition of earmuff

: one of a pair of ear coverings connected by a flexible band and worn as protection against cold or noises

Examples of earmuff in a Sentence

wearing a pair of earmuffs

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Some worshipers, particularly older ones, are resorting to earplugs or noise-blocking earmuffs like the ones used by construction workers. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Why Are People Wearing Earplugs in Church? Hint: It’s Not the Sermon," 25 Jan. 2019 Sarah is sporting a very of-the-moment headband-cum-earmuff situation, along with a somewhat inexplicable cowboy belt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared the Sweetest Throwback Photo of Her and Sarah Ferguson as Ski Bunnies," 1 Feb. 2019 To add earmuffs, cut a strip of fruit leather for the band across the top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 Affix to furry earmuffs for cat ears that double as warm wear for what can be a pretty chilly holiday. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Purr-fect Cat Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 Admission and parking will be free, and Westover officials recommend bringing earmuffs or earplugs for noisy performances. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Great New England Air and Space show takes off this weekend," 13 July 2018 The blood sausage slab on top of a buckwheat galette that surfaced at the end of June was as seasonal as earmuffs. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Play it smart Wisconsin, get the earmuffs that keep you warm and double as headphones. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The weirdest things you can get a tax break on during Wisconsin's sales tax holiday in August," 8 June 2018 And finally, the host finished the night in a beautiful black-and-white Balmain dress paired with pink earmuffs, seemingly to soften the sound of screaming fans when K-Pop band BTS took the stage. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Still Aren't Over How Good Kelly Clarkson Looked Last Night at the Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earmuff

: either one of a pair of pads that cover the ears to keep them warm and that are connected by a flexible band


ear·​muff | \ ˈir-ˌməf How to pronounce earmuff (audio) \

Kids Definition of earmuff

: one of a pair of coverings joined by a flexible band and worn to protect the ears from cold or noise

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