ear·​piece | \ ˈir-ˌpēs How to pronounce earpiece (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Earlier transistor radios, which had single earpieces, didn’t have that effect. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution," 9 July 2019 He was answered by a klaxon ringing in his earpiece. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 But this is a new era in a sport so long resistant to change, and at the next stoppage of play, Cunha, who had been alerted to a possible error via an earpiece linked to a video assistant tracking the match in Moscow, paused the match for a review. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France Passes First World Cup Test. So Does V.A.R.," 17 June 2018 Duke did take a sleeping pill the first night but woke up twice from errant master alarms and once from static in his earpiece. Roger Simmons, The Seattle Times, "Apollo 11 astronauts were sleepless in the Sea of Tranquility on moon," 12 Apr. 2019 Instead, they were reportedly fed lines through an earpiece. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 14 Jan. 2019 Google's notch houses two front-facing cameras—one wide-angle, one normal—and an earpiece/speaker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Reports, again from Bloomberg News, suggested earlier this year that the upgrade would include water resistance and a feature to use Siri by tapping the earpiece and saying the magic words. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What to Expect From Apple's 2018 iPhone Event," 5 Sep. 2018 Above the camera is an earpiece speaker that is integrated into the edge of the glass. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 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 How to pronounce earpiece (audio) \

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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