ear·​phone | \ ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

Definition of earphone

: a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves and is worn over or inserted into the ear

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The charging case also provides the earphones with a total of ten hours of battery life, perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle and next jet-setting adventure. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Debuts Wireless Headphones," 22 Jan. 2019 That’s eight men who wore the fancy earphones on an NFL sideline who are not coming back. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fearless NFL Playoff Preview: Who the Heck Knows?," 2 Jan. 2019 Image: 1More 1More, maker of the excellent Triple and Quad Driver earphones, has announced its first pair of true wireless earbuds. Jon Porter, The Verge, "1More announces its first pair of true wireless earbuds, the ‘Stylish TWS’," 14 Dec. 2018 Bose Sleepbuds, on the other hand, are tiny, wireless earphones designed to stay in place throughout the night. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Sleepbuds Are Noise-Masking Wireless Earphones That Are Comfortable Enough For Side Sleepers," 19 Feb. 2019 Vuitton debuted its monogram wireless Horizon earphones last week. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is Already Wearing Those $995 Louis Vuitton Airpods," 1 Feb. 2019 Per usual with earphones, your mileage may vary with regard to keeping a tight seal, but Anker does put a few tips with fins in the box if needed. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 This is important in rendering these earphones that extra bit more wireless. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018 Last but certainly not least, these bone conduction earphones will protect your hearing while dosing you with truly rich bass frequencies. Popular Mechanics, "Get Deep Black Friday Discounts on These 10 Headphones and Earbuds," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of earphone

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earphone was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of earphone

: a device that is worn over or inserted into the ear and is used for listening to something (such as music or a radio) without having other people hear it


ear·​phone | \ ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of earphone

: a device that converts electrical energy into sound and is worn over the opening of the ear or inserted into it

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