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 There are just two Thunderbolt/USB-4 ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 23 June 2022 Award-winning headphone maker V-MODA has just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones with the signature sharp and stylish look that the brand is known for. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The laptops will come with a MagSafe charger and — gasp — a headphone jack. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2022 There's a physical fingerprint sensor built into the home button on the side, a MicroSD card slot in with the SIM card, and a headphone jack on the bottom. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 2 June 2022 The Envy 16 goes up to a 3840×2400 OLED screen and has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, an SD card reader, and HDMI 2.1. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 That’s because the Pixel 3a resurrected the headphone jack. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 May 2022 The transmitter unit connects to the TV’s headphone or optical output and then relays the audio signal without any lag thanks to using RF transmission that doesn’t have latency problems like Bluetooth can. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 May 2022 It can be plugged into keyboard, drum machine or digital audio workstation (DAW), and there’s even a headphone jack so DJs can listen and play without turning the rest of the house into a club. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 See More

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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 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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