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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Consumer testers said earpieces don't stay in place very well At only $10, Sony's MDR-E9 headphones are certainly budget-friendly, but don't expect top-notch performance or lots of extras. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Sony MDR-E9LP Headphones," 29 Dec. 2011 My only quibble is that the 6T’s earpiece — sitting at the top edge of the phone, pushed out of the ultra minimalist notch — tends to gather dust and debris a little too easily. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 Bob was inside with a PLAYER GUEST pass dangling from his neck and a radio earpiece over his left ear, and the radio announcers said Brooks had a horrible lie. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "With a Steely Resolve and Back-to-Back U.S. Opens, Brooks Koepka Earns His Place Among Golf's Elite," 17 June 2018 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

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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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