ear·​muff ˈir-ˌməf How to pronounce earmuff (audio)
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the items were Olmec figures, grinding stones, clay and stone earmuffs, and a human head amulet. Kara Nelson, CNN, 19 Aug. 2023 Protective earmuffs are their saving grace and are basically part of the interior design: In each room, a pair sits within arms reach in case a fire truck blows by. Curbed, 7 Aug. 2023 There are earmuffs made specially for dogs, but those are best introduced to a dog gradually in advance of fireworks. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 July 2023 Museums across the United States are installing and providing accessible features like noise-canceling earmuffs for sensory-sensitive visitors, a wheelchair-accessible carousel, hosting sensory-friendly hours, and more. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2023 According to the charges, the items found in Kurts' dorm room included a tactical vest, empty boxes for ammunition and magazines, a tactical knife, a folding knife, firearm earmuffs, six propane canisters, fireworks, lighter fluid, a battery with wires and a lock pick set. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 This was a night when earmuffs, buffalo robes and warming pans were need. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2023 The sound was phenomenal, even with earmuffs. Nick Fuller Googins, Men's Health, 5 Apr. 2023 These super fun animal ear headphones come with a mic and cushy earmuffs and most importantly, a 94 decibel volume limit to protect vulnerable little ears. Esther Carlstone, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earmuff was in 1881

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“Earmuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earmuff. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ear·​muff ˈi(ə)r-ˌməf How to pronounce earmuff (audio)
: one of a pair of pads joined by a flexible band and worn to protect the ears against cold or noise
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