headphone

noun head·phone \ ˈhed-ˌfōn \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of headphone

plural headphones
: 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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First Known Use of headphone

1908

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headphone

noun 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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