ear·​plug | \ ˈir-ˌpləg How to pronounce earplug (audio) \

Definition of earplug

1 : an ornament inserted in the lobe of the ear especially to distend it
2 : a device of pliable material for insertion into the outer opening of the ear (as to keep out water or deaden sound)

Examples of earplug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passengers, who will board to the tune of Star Wars music, will receive a commemorative pin and themed amenity kit complete with tissues, earplugs, a toothbrush and products by skincare company Sunday Riley. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines launching 'Star Wars'-themed plane with C-3PO and R2-D2 in safety video," 29 Oct. 2019 At $40, this pillow is more reasonably priced than some others—and Travelrest throws in accessories, such as memory foam earplugs and a removable cover for easy washing, to sweeten the deal. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Top 10 Travel Pillows for the Best Sleep On-the-Go," 22 Oct. 2019 Some had brought their own earplugs and masks to protect against the dust. Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, "Leaning cranes toppled at partly collapsed New Orleans hotel," 21 Oct. 2019 Smith, 17, and Ros, 54, made 10 baggies full of goodies, each containing a pair of earplugs, two mini-chocolate bars and a handwritten apology note. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Stepdaughter Makes Apology 'Care Packages' for Snoring Stepdad to Hand Out on Long Flight," 10 Oct. 2019 There is also an eye mask, slippers, dental kit and earplugs for the long-haul flights. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Catching z's on a long flight? These US airlines provide amenity kits to help flyers relax," 2 July 2019 But light sleepers, take note: The pool restaurant/bar is at the center of the property and stays open until 11 p.m., so pack earplugs. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 For the time being, invest in some good earplugs along with a sound machine. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: I’m worried a relative shares too much info on social media," 11 Sep. 2019 Wearing earplugs is a decent but imperfect solution for this issue. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Aftershokz’s Aeropex are refined bone conduction headphones with most of the same snags," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of earplug

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of earplug was in 1820

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16 Nov 2019

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“Earplug.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earplug. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce earplug (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earplug

: a piece of soft material that you put in your ear to keep out water, noise, etc.


ear·​plug | \ -ˌpləg How to pronounce earplug (audio) \

Medical Definition of earplug

: a device of pliable material for insertion into the outer opening of the ear (as to keep out water or deaden sound)

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