earphone

noun

ear·​phone ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio)
: a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves and is worn over or inserted into the ear

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sound can be collected through the charging case and transmitted to the earphone for sound enhancement and playback, helping people with hearing loss get the environment sound. David Phelan, Forbes, 25 June 2022 The earphone case feels premium and comes with the Snapdragon Sound logo etched on the outside. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 To make an earphone with the ideal balance between size and capability, the team stripped out any unnecessary features that might degrade sound quality. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The Zara of earphone companies, boAt can serve as a poster child for Indian startups in many ways. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 3 Feb. 2022 Only the stem comes with transparent plastic covers that show some of the earphone’s internals. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 The amp stage can deliver 400mW into a 32Ω headphone load, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of headphone and earphone types with sufficient power to spare. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Apparently, the AirPods Pro 2 case and each earphone can be located with Find My. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Oct. 2021 Here’s an interesting piece of news that could signal a bit of a shakeup in the true wireless earphone market. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earphone was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Earphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earphone. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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earphone

noun
ear·​phone ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio)
: 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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Last Updated: 15 Jul 2022

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