head·​set | \ ˈhed-ˌset \

Definition of headset

1 : an attachment for holding an earphone and transmitter at one's head
2 : a pair of headphones

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This was the case around the headset’s launch with games like Rez Infinite, Thumper, and Resident Evil 7, and has continued throughout 2018. Sam Byford, The Verge, "PlayStation VR has had a quietly awesome year," 20 Dec. 2018 The other news story is the perhaps premature death of StarVR, the ultrawide-FOV headset that was partially funded and owned by Starbreeze. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 Shah, 31, touts the headset’s power to bridge generations. Alyson Krueger, Marie Claire, "Can Women Make Virtual Reality Mainstream?," 30 July 2018 The whole system uses a rechargeable battery that lives inside the headset. Michael Calore, WIRED, "This Bike's Light-Up Fork Will Never Leave You in the Dark," 29 June 2018 The headphone works decently as a headset for making cellphone calls and has an auto-off feature to preserve battery life. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 In January, Facebook signed an agreement with Chinese hardware company Xiaomi Corp. to produce a virtual reality headset only for the Chinese market. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Facebook Setting Up ‘Innovation Hub’ in China in Bid to Boost Presence," 24 July 2018 The company is working on an AR headset for release as early as 2020, which would benefit from this new technology. Mark Gurman, latimes.com, "Apple announces controls to help fight iPhone addiction, plus augmented reality and fitness features," 4 June 2018 Hololens may be at our doorsteps sooner than later Microsoft’s big splash in January’s event was the unveiling of Hololens, the headset for its augmented reality computing platform. Seung Lee, Newsweek, "Five Things to Take Away From Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event," 6 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of headset

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headset was in 1900

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English Language Learners Definition of headset

: a pair of headphones
: a device that holds an earphone and a microphone in place on a person's head

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