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 Having said that, lots of phones, earbuds and fitness headphones and other wearables can claim varying levels of water resistance — there’s actually an official scale that categorizes those levels. NBC News, "Is the iPhone or Apple Watch waterproof? A guide to water-resistant devices," 7 Feb. 2020 Her music, nor her brand, are flashy, with Coles instead settling into a career marked by sophisticated, sensual and inventive electronic music that allures whether heard in a sweaty club, a major festival or simply through your headphones. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Maya Jane Coles: The Producer on Her Career Highlights, Love of Hip-Hop & Current Hair Color," 17 Jan. 2020 The festival includes scores of films from more than a dozen countries, many based on children’s books and several making their North American premieres, in English or other languages with subtitles read aloud through headphones. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For birding, look up this group in suburbia," 12 Jan. 2020 There’s a Nintendo Switch ($299) to mull over, a timeless Shinola Runwell watch ($550), Bose noise canceling headphones ($349.99), a Jacquemus Chiquito mini bag ($270) or a classic Fortnum & Mason vegan Christmas gift hamper ($325). Cady Lang, Time, "The 20 Best Holiday Gifts Under $250," 19 Dec. 2019 Houston's hottest DJs dueled for revelers' attention, with dance tunes only heard through headphones. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Surreal moments captured at Houston's Silent Disco 'Ugly Sweater' Bash," 14 Dec. 2019 In a blog post, Noonan noted that the items in question seemed to be cheap, off-brand electronics like headphones and chargers. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "What to know about fake reviews when shopping online," 30 Nov. 2019 If full-size headphones are more your style, Apple via its Beats by Dre subsidiary sells $299.95 Solo Pro models that have essentially the same audio cancellation and audio transparency as AirPods Pro. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Achieving marital harmony and physical fitness with Apple wearable gear," 26 Nov. 2019 Audible also has partnered with the city's education system, donating more than $4 million over the past year into local schools by giving Newark public high school students an Amazon tablet, headphones and an audible subscription. CBS News, "Audible brings jobs and hope to Newark, New Jersey: "They help me shape my future"," 9 Nov. 2019

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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 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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