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 In line with its earphone-type styling, the Signia Active range offers many of the features that are normally found on true wireless earbuds, including Bluetooth audio connectivity for streaming music or taking phone calls on the go. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 In his late teens, Hari Tyagi would often plug into music with his earphone while working with his father on their farmland. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 4 Dec. 2020 Few earphone companies have managed to stand up to Apple’s AirPods and really give them a run for their money like Beats by Dr. Dre. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 7 Sep. 2020 Put on a set of earphones or listen to nature, get into the moment and clear your gardens. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 23 May 2020 Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC Unlike the others, the Plantronics 5200 UC ($119.95) is not a pair of earphones. Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2020 Wearables, which includes the Apple Watch, headphones, and earphones, showed an increase of 23% to $6.3 billion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 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, 24 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'earphone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of earphone

1881, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About earphone

Time Traveler for earphone

Time Traveler

The first known use of earphone was in 1881

See more words from the same year

Statistics for earphone

Last Updated

4 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Earphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earphone. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for earphone



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

More from Merriam-Webster on earphone

Nglish: Translation of earphone for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of earphone for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about earphone


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!