ste·​reo | \ ˈster-ē-ˌō How to pronounce stereo (audio) , ˈstir- \
plural stereos

Definition of stereo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 [by shortening]
a : stereophonic reproduction
b : a stereophonic sound system



Definition of stereo (Entry 2 of 2)

b : produced by or as if by means of a stereotype

Examples of stereo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ed came into the house to grab something, and this was blaring out of his stereo system. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities musicians pick their favorite live albums," 19 Jan. 2021 Due to the size of their speaker enclosures and drivers, over-ear headphones in particular make for a wider and more realistic listening experience that has an effect similar to sitting in front of stereo speakers. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Over-the-ear headphones that will be music to your ears," 27 Oct. 2020 Milan apartment has vintage William Morris armchairs and a 1936 wooden stereo, both from Hilow-Iwaszura’s grandparents’ home in Johannesburg. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Creative Couple Achieves Work-Life Balance in Their Antiques-Filled Apartment," 14 Jan. 2021 Amenities include a pool table, four flat-screen TVs, a stereo with a turntable and assortment of LPs, video games, a mini-library of books, high-speed internet, Netflix access and more. Mary Colurso |, al, "Apartment at Saturn, now an Airbnb, touted as ‘self-contained fun factory’," 10 Dec. 2020 Hi-Fi stereo sound and last up to seven hours on a full charge. Jonathan Bender, NBC News, "The 9 best gifts for coworkers this holiday season," 10 Dec. 2020 Folden took a folding chair from his cart and planted himself in the midst of the Trump crowd as his portable stereo blared out a Bob Marley tune. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "At battered Capitol, a shaky sense of calm the day after attack," 7 Jan. 2021 And in 1980, the club sound designer Richard Long — who had created sound systems for places like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage — revamped the rink, newly renamed Empire Roller Disco, with a 20,000-watt stereo system. New York Times, "Meet Bill Butler, the Godfather of Roller Disco," 30 Dec. 2020 Finally, LaCoy added a full complement of VDO gauges, a six-speaker Alpine stereo system, and massive Pirelli P7R tires mounted on fifteen-inch Center Line wheels. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Prova Designs Countach Looks Like the Real Thing, But Isn't," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The speaker system is also redesigned, with stereo delivery in landscape mode. Samuel Axon And Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "The new iPad Air goes all-screen, adds Magic Keyboard support," 15 Sep. 2020 He flat-out doesn't have the money to do blind tests and measure up all those crazy statistics that audiophiles love to hear when discussing stereo equipment. Matt Jancer, Wired, "13 YouTube Channels We Geek Out Over," 10 July 2020 Stripped of stereo vision, the cuttlefish took longer to position themselves in front of the screen. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 Plug in with the 1/8-inch stereo mini-jack, or ditch the cord and listen wirelessly with bluetooth mode. oregonlive, "Headphones, chairs, sleek desks among 16 home-office furniture, tech items to upgrade your work space during coronavirus isolation," 2 May 2020 On the first day of businesses beginning to reopen, a white Dodge Challenger was getting its stereo fixed. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "As Texas reopens, some Dallas biz owners, customers feel hesitant, while others are excited," 1 May 2020 This machine also has stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, along with what seems to be the same 720p FaceTime webcam Apple has been putting in its laptops for ages. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "MacBook Air 2020 review: The most boring Mac is among the best," 28 Mar. 2020 The items taken were stereo equipment and some antique china. cleveland, "Drunk woman refuses to leave residence: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 4 Mar. 2020 The frame also includes a clock, calendar, and stereo speakers. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best digital picture frames," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of stereo


circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of stereo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of electronic equipment that plays the radio, CDs, etc., and that uses two speakers for the sound
: a way of recording and playing back sound so that the sound comes from two directions



English Language Learners Definition of stereo (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a system that directs sound through two speakers


ste·​reo | \ ˈster-ē-ˌō How to pronounce stereo (audio) , ˈstir- \
plural stereos

Kids Definition of stereo

: a sound system that reproduces the effect of listening to the original sound

Other Words from stereo

stereo adjective stereo speakers

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