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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Computer for schoolwork and stuff, headphones, speakers and earbuds. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 At the time, Klay, like every other basketball player over 3 years old, got his game face on by sitting at his locker and blasting music through his headphones. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 Houdah Abotteen was at her gym Wednesday night, with headphones on and lifting, when a dozen other members of the health club sprinted toward her to get into a locker room. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "When a man was shot at her KC gym, this weightlifter nurse tried to save him | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Even the sunglasses and headphones added a dent to James' wallet — well maybe not his wallet, but to everyone else’s the price would. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "LeBron James' Game 1 Ensemble Cost More Than $46,000," 2 June 2018 Strewn on the long tables are Chinese-made Huawei tablets and headphones with two channels for simultaneous translation, from Mandarin to English and vice versa. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Meet the Chinese Philanthropists Who Are Pledging Big Money to End Climate Change," 25 May 2018 Teens with a free period could choose a record, sign out headphones, and just chill out. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Young adult architecture," 24 May 2018 Yet many people today are not conditioned to pay attention because they're distracted by their smartphones and headphones. John Blake, CNN, "He was called a 'guardian angel.' Then they discovered he was something else," 12 May 2018 The sleek and stylish earbuds were made in collaboration with the headphone brand Master & Dynamic, and marks the French fashion house's first stab at audio tech. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is Already Wearing Those $995 Louis Vuitton Airpods," 1 Feb. 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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