ear·​phone | \ˈir-ˌfōn \

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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Akhavan even recommends avoiding using earphones for the first at least four to eight weeks, though ideally until the area is completely healed. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Everything You Want to Know About Tragus Piercings — Including How Much They Hurt," 13 Aug. 2018 The new range includes the classic Beats Wireless Headphones, which will retail for $599, a Pill Speaker Character bundle for $399 and Tour earphones available for $249. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sound Off: Beats by Dr. Dre and MCM Team Up For Capsule Collection," 13 May 2015 The cost: $190 The good: The Jabra Active Elite 65t are fully sweat-resistant, truly wireless earphones that fit comfortably and securely. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 That same day, Apple launched its totally wireless AirPods earphones, which cost $159 and have become something of a sales success, in part due to their tight integration with iOS devices. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Your new $1,000+ iPhone won’t come with a headphone dongle in the box," 12 Sep. 2018 True wireless earphones for working out Headphones can be a nuisance, especially when working out. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now," 2 May 2018 Coins, rock climbing gear, earphones and other miscellaneous items were taken from unlocked vehicles on Apache, Blackhawk Trail and Glenbrook Lane. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Five cars entered in one night in Western Springs," 12 July 2018 The wireless earphones sold out quickly and have only since been available through flash sales. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Red OnePlus 6 announced for July 10th release," 2 July 2018 But the driver, who was listening to loud music on a pair of earphones, did not hear or see the guard. Jeffrey Gettleman And Suhasini Raj, BostonGlobe.com, "Bus driver in India is distracted by music, and 13 children die," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of earphone

1881, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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