ear·​muff | \ ˈir-ˌməf \

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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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 Danny Wright is sitting in the upper deck behind first base in shorts and a Mariners hat with built-in earmuffs. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "It was cold and snowing for the Indians' opener. These fans still made it to Victory Field," 6 Apr. 2018 Kathy keeps protective earmuffs at hand, lest she be ambushed by a surprise noise. Joyce Cohen, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Woman Warns Others After Loud MRI Permanently Damages Her Ears: 'I Live a Life of Misery'," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of earmuff

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earmuff was in 1881

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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 \

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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