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
Recent Examples on the Web So electronic earmuffs, which let in normal sound but block loud noises such as gunshots, are such an advantage for shooters. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Choose Your Next Pair of Electronic Earmuffs," 29 Apr. 2020 Follow these foolproof guidelines: Parents everywhere: earmuffs. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "Yes, There is a Correct Way to Load a Dishwasher," 10 Apr. 2020 If the Target in Lake Forest has a sale on earmuffs and blinders, Nagy would be wise to fill a shopping cart or two. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Nagy’s last-place Bears aren’t meeting expectations — and the fan base is enraged. How will he respond?," 31 Oct. 2019 But while traditional headphones block sound by using earcup designs that fully enclose your ears — like a set of earmuffs — active noise cancelling is something different entirely. NBC News, "The best noise cancelling headphones to shop in 2020," 19 Mar. 2020 Prizes like electronic earmuffs, knives and fire starters were given to the best score out of 10, said Rachael Tuckett, a wildlife recreation specialist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, which organized the event. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 Today’s fight over Life of Washington pits old-school lefty artists who understand the First Amendment’s value in shocking the bourgeoisie against a new generation of lefties for whom history — and language — must come with earmuffs. Will Swaim, National Review, "Can California Top Its Most Ironic Political Stories of 2019?," 3 Jan. 2020 Toward the end of the parade route, Esprit Jones, 39, held her 7-year-old daughter, Brielle, who was wearing pink earmuffs with a unicorn horn. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade 2020: Skies were blue, spirits high as parade worked to broaden outreach," 1 Jan. 2020 Protecting vision and hearing at the same time is easy with a forestry helmet that includes integrated earmuffs. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Use a Chainsaw Helmet," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of earmuff

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Earmuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earmuff. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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