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

Examples of headphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web AMC Entertainment, another stock hyped by investors on Reddit and other social-media sites, declined 32% through Wednesday, while headphone maker Koss Corp. slid 60%. Alex Veiga, ajc, "More GameStops possible as small investors flex muscles," 4 Feb. 2021 Disposable headphone covers and stylus pens are available, while hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout, and masks are required for entry. Travis Levius, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Nashville’s Long-Awaited National Museum of African American Music," 29 Jan. 2021 Last year, Samsung stripped out the headphone jack. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Everything Samsung Announced at Its 2021 'Unpacked' Event," 14 Jan. 2021 The classic design is pared down to just the essentials, with the only extras being a headphone jack and a carrying strap. The Editors Of Popular Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, "Where 'Roger That' Really Comes From," 20 Jan. 2021 The best-selling headphone product (AirPods and AirPods Pro) saw its sales increase by nearly one-third, to 91 million units, up from 65 million in 2019. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple iPhone again best tech seller of the year, thanks to the working-from-home trend," 28 Dec. 2020 Listener experience and augmentation of otherwise mundane or repetitive activities lie at the heart of headphone usage. Popular Science, "Best headphones: Get good-quality audio equipment at your budget," 17 Dec. 2020 This type of design is rare in the headphone space, and suggests a level of durability and longevity that justifies the high price. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "AirPods Max review: A high price for luxury performance," 17 Dec. 2020 While there are certainly cheaper headphone stands, Razer’s Base Station Chroma v2 is a fun take on the idea. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of headphone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Headphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headphone. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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

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

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