ear·piece | \ˈir-ˌpēs \

Definition of earpiece 

1 : the part of an instrument (such as a telephone, stethoscope, or hearing aid) that is placed against or inserted into the outer opening of the ear especially : earphone

2 : one of the two sidepieces that support eyeglasses by passing over or behind the ears

Examples of earpiece in a Sentence

the earpiece of a stethoscope

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Break out the aviator shades and tiny earpieces because Wawa is officially in the secret service game. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Wawa adds new items to its secret menu," 11 June 2018 The wire is vehemently resistant to tangling and kinks, and each earpiece feels rigid and durable. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Tunai Drum earphones provide an exciting listen for just $33," 30 Apr. 2018 Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan on Thursday announced that an electronic cheating ring had been busted in Baghdad, leading to the confiscation of a large haul of cheating devices and earpieces. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Make-or-Break Exams Bring Out the Best and Brightest Cheaters," 5 July 2018 The prototype has a very large display notch housing an earpiece and two front-facing cameras. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 XL prototype shows an all-glass back, giant display notch," 8 June 2018 The new Georgia law does let drivers use hands-free technology to talk and text, use a smart watch or an earpiece to talk on the phone. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 According to the suit, Depp personally paid a sound engineer on set so that he could be fed lines through an earpiece. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "10 Things We Learned From Johnny Depp's Revealing 'Rolling Stone' Interview," 22 June 2018 This year Samsung has stereo speakers, with the earpiece doubling as a second speaker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy S9 hands-on—Samsung fixes the biggest flaw of the Galaxy S8," 27 Feb. 2018 The celebration was cut short when the line judge raised his flag to indicate offside, but the referee, Mark Geiger of the United States, reviewed the sequence on a video screen after consulting via his earpiece with V.A.R. officials in Moscow. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Germany Crashes Out of World Cup With a Loss to South Korea," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of earpiece

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of earpiece

: a part of a device that is placed in the ear for listening to something

: either one of the two pieces that support eyeglasses by resting on the ears


ear·piece | \ˈi(ə)r-ˌpēs \

Medical Definition of earpiece 

1 : a part of an instrument (as a stethoscope or hearing aid) that is inserted into the outer opening of the ear

2 : one of the two sidepieces that support eyeglasses by passing over or behind the ears

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