head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn How to pronounce headphone (audio) \
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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But in the drive to pressure China in trade negotiations, USTR put them back on the list, along with other products spared previously, from flat-panel televisions to Bluetooth headphones. NBC News, "From robot vacuums to baby gates, U.S. companies say they need China," 17 June 2019 Sony rejected the idea, saying those units had synergies with videogames and Sony hardware such as televisions and headphones. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Sony CEO’s Choice: Stay Together or Bend to Loeb’s Breakup Push," 14 June 2019 Like a full laptop, there’s a USB 3 port along with a microSD card reader and headphone jack. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tablets You Can Buy in 2019," 13 June 2019 Cedar Brook Elementary School - New headphones will allow students to more easily access technology and improve personalized learning. Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch Education Foundation announces 2019 grants," 7 June 2019 The headphone force field can also help signal the inverse—that a nearby stranger doesn’t pose a threat. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 Add noise-canceling headphones or foam ear plugs to set the stage for slumber. National Geographic, "Going overseas? Overcome jet lag with these expert tips," 12 Mar. 2019 Check out our favorite wireless headphones, soundbars, and bluetooth speakers 📩 Want more? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Best Way for a Mouse to Escape a Cat, According to Math," 3 June 2019 Enhanced over the version that first launched with the Xbox One, this revised controller features a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening and chatting, as well as Bluetooth functionality for operability with Windows 10 computers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Xbox One controllers for console and PC are $20 off again," 8 Jan. 2019

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn How to pronounce headphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of headphone

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

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