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

Examples of earphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Put on a set of earphones or listen to nature, get into the moment and clear your gardens. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Chickweed and horsetails: Weed them now, while it’s early in the season," 28 May 2020 These are true wireless earphones that work similarly to Apple’s AirPods, as both utilize the company’s H1 wireless chip to connect easily and consistently with other Apple devices. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The best Memorial Day sales on headphones, smartphones, and more tech," 23 May 2020 Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC Unlike the others, the Plantronics 5200 UC ($119.95) is not a pair of earphones. Dallas News, "A headset for every head," 30 Apr. 2020 Wearables, which includes the Apple Watch, headphones, and earphones, showed an increase of 23% to $6.3 billion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Coronavirus infects iPhone sales, slowing Apple’s growth," 30 Apr. 2020 In the online mode, in which players can talk using earphones and mics, gamers meet for camping trips that include hunting and fishing, searching for UFOs, and trying not to get lassoed and hog-tied by other gamers. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Video Games Are Giving Me the Travel Escape I Need Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide Beats on Monday announced Powerbeats, its latest Bluetooth earphones. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Powerbeats are the latest workout-friendly headphones from Beats (and Apple)," 16 Mar. 2020 But if top-notch sound is a priority, many of the best-sounding true wireless earphones cost a lot more. courant.com, "CNET: The best-sounding true wireless headphones of 2019," 25 July 2019 House Bill 129 also allows motorcyclists to wear earphones, although only for hearing protection. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine signs new law legalizing earplug use for Ohio motorcyclists," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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12 Jun 2020

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“Earphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earphone. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce earphone (audio)

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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