head·​set ˈhed-ˌset How to pronounce headset (audio)
plural headsets
: a support framework with attached electronic devices that is worn on the head: such as
: an earphone or a pair of earphones held on the head by a band
Earbuds, tiny round speakers which fit snugly into the ear, are near-invisible as they don't use a headband, but they don't fit every ear. The traditional banded headsets either completely enclose the ear or just sit gently over the opening.Joe Brown
Using discreet headsets with single earpiece headphones, the free audio-described tour will be delivered by a professional audio describer.Lincoln Tan
especially : such a headset that also includes an attached microphone
All you need for this is a hands-free headset for your telephone. Once you're properly equipped, you can make personal phone calls while simultaneously using your computer for personal entertainment. Paul McFedries
: virtual reality hardware (such as goggles and headphones) that is held on the head by one or more bands or straps
… stitches together multiple images to create a panoramic, 360-degree environment, and provides a virtual-reality headset to put you in the middle of a real video. You merely glance left or right, up or down, to see a different portion of the 3-D world you're in.Jake Kirchner
: the support framework of a headset
Google Glass—the wearable computer mounted in the headset of a pair of glasses—was launched by the data giant in February 2013.David McNamee

Examples of headset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a busy dad, there also just aren’t many occasions where wearing the headset is appropriate. Dave Smith, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2024 When a user is using a headset, their entire field of vision is dedicated to the task at hand. Alex Kreger, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 But that doesn’t mean such a headset is always a useful tool. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 When the geniuses at Apple design a headset, what could possibly go wrong? Dale Hrabi and Kagan McLeod, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2024 There’s also an external battery pack that reduces the headset’s portability. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 16 Feb. 2024 The headset has been met with generally positive reviews, though its price tag of $3,500 means widespread adoption isn’t expected. Susan Baek, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Especially popular among these posts was a subset in which people can be seen wearing the $3,500 headset in public, doing everything from walking a dog, taking a subway, or driving their Cybertruck. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 And eventually, a true metaverse will mean breaking away from all devices, computers or phones or headsets. Brian Solis, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headset was in 1900

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“Headset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headset. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


head·​set -ˌset How to pronounce headset (audio)
: a pair of headphones

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