earphone

noun ear·phone \ ˈir-ˌfōn \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of earphone

1881

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EARPHONE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of earphone for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EARPHONE Defined for Kids

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noun ear·phone \ ˈir-ˌfōn \

Definition of earphone for Students

: 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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