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 Most sales by Apple's Chinese competitors are cheap smartphones — about 90% of Huawei's handsets sold in China for the 12 months ended in September cost less than$600, according to IDC data. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Apple is hot in China again, but it won't overtake Huawei anytime soon," 10 Jan. 2020 Years later, Motorola tried to revitalize the Razr brand by putting the name on a series of Android handsets: the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr HD, and the Razr Maxx. Wired, "Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display," 13 Nov. 2019 Nowadays, all the handset makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intelligence and special sensors that are working together to make our photos look more impressive. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The Reason Your Photos Are About to Get a Lot Better," 15 Oct. 2019 Picking the Right Pixel for You Google's latest flagship handset comes in two sizes: the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL. Wired, "How to Pick the Right Pixel 4 and Where to Preorder It," 17 Oct. 2019 Non-contact discussions take place in booths separated by glass, with a handset and cord attached to both sides. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda County Sheriff’s Office may have recorded attorney-client phone calls, public defender alleges," 1 July 2019 China’s premier telecommunications equipment and smartphone maker is preparing for a drop of 40% to 60% in overseas handset sales, Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Huawei’s Doomsday Outlook May Galvanize Home Support," 17 June 2019 Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 Verizon spokesperson Kate Jay said there are seven 5G phones available for the Verizon network, including handsets from Samsung, LG and Motorola. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Verizon launches mobile 5G service in Houston," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of handset

1901, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Handset.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handset. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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