hand·​set | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌset How to pronounce handset (audio) \

Definition of handset

: a combined telephone transmitter and receiver mounted on a handheld device

Examples of handset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buyers can try either device for more than three months before deciding whether to keep the handset. Chris Smith, BGR, "You can test a Samsung foldable phone for 100 days," 24 Feb. 2021 Huawei's grip on the world handset market is expected to decline significantly, dropping by about one-third over the next year as the larger impact of sanctions bite into a core business. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Resurgent airlines, energy and bank stocks lead the way as the vaccine rally intensifies," 24 Nov. 2020 But the company still relies on pricier flagship devices to drive its handset business. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Samsung Debuts Galaxy S21 Smartphones, With Lower Price Points," 14 Jan. 2021 Just as important, this handset delivers fast results. Popular Science, "Get laser hair removal for a fraction of the price with this handset," 28 Nov. 2020 Qualcomm has lined up a number of customers and partners in support of the new Snapdragon 888 platform: carrier partners Verizon and NTT DoCoMo, and handset makers Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 888 5G, its next smartphone processor," 1 Dec. 2020 In its blog post, Google argued that there was nothing wrong with its agreements with Apple, other handset manufacturers and carriers, comparing them to cereal brands paying for prominent placement on store shelves. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly," 20 Oct. 2020 Google created a similar effect with its Android mobile operating system and agreements that effectively forced handset makers to pre-install Google’s search engine and browser on their phones. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "U.S. antitrust investigation of Google is coming to a head. Here’s what you need to know," 27 Sep. 2020 The changes have helped the handset shed some weight and thickness while maintaining a roomy 6.1-inch screen. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find It," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of handset

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handset was in 1901

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“Handset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handset. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handset

: the part of a telephone that you hold near your ear and mouth for listening and speaking

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