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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The new headphones will be a pricier alternative to Apple’s Beats line, which the company purchased for $3 billion in 2014. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Apple Plans to Release High-End AirPods and Studio Headphones," 25 June 2018 These games can be visually dense, sure, and good headphones are almost a must, but the finer details of the experience translate just fine to a portable platform because the game's dramatic qualities translate so well. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Fortnite Is Everywhere, But It's Perfect on the Nintendo Switch," 23 June 2018 Single-ear headphones and Bluetooth pieces are acceptable aids for this. Doug Turnbull, ajc, "Gridlock Guy: What the new Hands-Free Georgia Act bans and allows," 3 June 2018 A dozen commuters stood on the platform headphones in, clutching cups of coffee. Shawn R. Beals, courant.com, "Hartford Line’s First Daily Commuters Begin Using Rail Service," 18 June 2018 The headphones offer cinema, music, and game sound modes for the ultimate experience. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Armada full-size SUV has plentyof room for the family, lots of technology," 17 June 2018 With the headphone jack gone, Apple could push its users to buy more of its expensive hardware. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer stepped down from the bench and put on headphones to hear the call, which was enhanced by defense expert Frank Piazza, a forensic audio-video analyst. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Corey Jones shooting: Audio recording disputed in ex-cop's 'stand your ground' claim," 7 May 2018 By virtually all accounts (including Wirecutter’s) the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II are the headphones to beat. Alan Henry, New York Times, "The Tech You Need to Travel Better," 27 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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