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noun hand·set \ˈhan(d)-ˌset\

Definition of handset

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

Circa 1919

First Known Use of handset

circa 1919


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handset

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noun hand·set \ˈhan(d)-ˌset\

Definition of handset for English Language Learners

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


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