ear·​phone | \ ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

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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There’s always a chance that these sound better on paper than in the ear, but I’m encouraged by RHA’s history of producing pretty great earphones. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA’s TrueConnect buds look like a promising AirPods rival," 4 Oct. 2018 Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones Louis Vuitton’s first foray into the audio world is the label’s new Horizon earphones, created with Master & Dynamic. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 Young people sat in front of MacBooks with white earphones sipping lattes as if the capital of the Islamic republic was just another city in the wider world. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "As Taboos Break Down, Iranians Party On," 2 June 2018 The charging case also provides the earphones with a total of ten hours of battery life, perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle and next jet-setting adventure. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Debuts Wireless Headphones," 22 Jan. 2019 That’s eight men who wore the fancy earphones on an NFL sideline who are not coming back. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fearless NFL Playoff Preview: Who the Heck Knows?," 2 Jan. 2019 Image: 1More 1More, maker of the excellent Triple and Quad Driver earphones, has announced its first pair of true wireless earbuds. Jon Porter, The Verge, "1More announces its first pair of true wireless earbuds, the ‘Stylish TWS’," 14 Dec. 2018 Bose Sleepbuds, on the other hand, are tiny, wireless earphones designed to stay in place throughout the night. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Sleepbuds Are Noise-Masking Wireless Earphones That Are Comfortable Enough For Side Sleepers," 19 Feb. 2019 Vuitton debuted its monogram wireless Horizon earphones last week. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is Already Wearing Those $995 Louis Vuitton Airpods," 1 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

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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