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

Examples of earphone in a Sentence

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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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“Earphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earphone. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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earphone

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

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