head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn \
plural headphones

Definition of headphone 

: an earphone held over the ear by a band worn on the head usually plural So for the gamer to gain that "edge," he must have the best mouse, the smoothest mouse pad or the most sensitive headphones.— Chris Yong Strapping on cushy headphones the size of loaves of bread, I'd repeatedly listen to Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and the music of artists such as Jelly Roll Morton and Billie Holiday.— Robert Wilder also : a small earphone inserted into the ear : earbud in-ear headphones

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Bose's noise-canceling headphones and digital cameras like the otherwise great Sony a6300 camera still use Micro-USB to charge. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Anker's Powerport II Is the Only Charger You'll Ever Need," 9 Nov. 2018 Apple supports both analog and digital audio out, so virtually all USB-C headphones and audio dongles work, a huge improvement over the Android ecosystem. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 Surveillance video captured the suspect, who was wearing headphones and a blue cap, attack Kim, who was using the ATM at the time. Fox News, "New York City college professor, 87, attacked, robbed inside bank; suspect sought," 16 May 2018 From specialty chocolates and heavenly candles to high-end headphones and glam accessories, there's something for everyone in this holiday edit. 'Tis the season for getting together — and looking extra-special doing so. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Thoughtful Gifts For Everyone On Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 Too many headphones are just black plastic on black plastic. David Pierce, WSJ, "Why You Need Better Headphones—and Which Ones You Should Buy," 9 Dec. 2018 Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today," 10 Oct. 2018 The headphones will be available to buy later this year. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Surface ‘Phones released; Headphones, that is," 3 Oct. 2018 Bliss headphones are available at Best Buy and at Altec Lansing's website. Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, "Perfect Fit Headphones!," 27 July 2011

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn \

Kids Definition of headphone

: an earphone held over the ear by a band worn on the head

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