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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Beats, which added a music streaming service after its 2006 founding as a headphone company, was acquired by Apple Music in a $3 billion deal in May of 2014. Washington Post, "Jury: Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones owes ex-partner $25.2M," 27 June 2018 LeBron James is grinning, with headphones still in his ears, a pen sitting on a large wooden table and before him the stack of paper that made the next phase of his life official. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "It's official: LeBron James signs $153.3-million contract with Lakers," 10 July 2018 Sporting colorful leggings and noise-canceling headphones, Willow couldn’t have looked happier to be on stage with her mom in front of the massive crowd. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "P!nk Brings Daughter Willow On Stage in Australia For A Sweet Smooch," 5 July 2018 So tech giants are building the beginning of something new: a less insistently visual tech world, a digital landscape that relies on voice assistants, headphones, watches and other wearables to take some pressure off our eyes. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.," 27 June 2018 Passengers are treated to Clarins amenity kits and noise-canceling headphones, and meals come courtesy of such celebrated Parisian chefs as Bocuse d’Or-winner Michel Roth. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018 Packs start at $50 and include dozens of specials — such as early access to factory tours, private lounge access and behind the scenes tours of Juneau Avenue HQ — and free souvenirs including artwork, headphones, cameras, clothing and glassware. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 picks for Harley’s 115th Labor Day anniversary," 19 June 2018 Other Amazon deals include two of Anker's most popular headphones, the Soundcore Spirit X ($30, down from $70) and the Anker ZOLO ($7o, down from $100). Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Our Favorite DeWalt Drill For Under $100," 7 June 2018 Multiple items, including a gray computer bag, gray and blue Beats headphones, three phone chargers, a Six Sigma certification book, and a garage door opener, were stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 7 June 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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head·phone | \ˈhed-ˌfōn \

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

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