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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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 Thankfully, true wireless earphones exist and these ones from Anker are a great choice. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now," 2 May 2018 Dishonest boys have a harder time than girls, who often aren’t checked and sometimes hide earphones under their veils. The Economist, "Why some countries are turning off the internet on exam days," 5 July 2018 Both of these sets come with the second-generation PlayStation VR camera, which added HDR passthrough and built-in earphones. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Sony discounts a bunch of PlayStation 4 things ahead of E3," 8 June 2018 The electric drums with earphones are especially pleasant for parents, as only the child playing can hear the cacophony. Lori Fulk / Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana for shy kids: 10 quiet hangouts your kid will love," 19 June 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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