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

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Examples of stereo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The custom coupe features one-touch power windows, air conditioning, stereo system and a modern console. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: Grateful Dead equipment truck, hot rods and more cool vehicles up for grabs on the auction's final day," 19 Jan. 2020 The stereo is an old sound system from the ’70s with old speakers from my first roommate and best friend. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "4 Music Experts on How They Listen When Nobody’s Watching," 19 Dec. 2019 The customizable screens convey information about the batteries’ state of charge, navigation status, climate control settings and the tune playing on the stereo. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Porsche’s third-generation Cayenne hybrid gets more juice, performance," 13 Sep. 2019 As Christian music played over a stereo, mourners placed candles and bouquets of flowers at the fence in front of the yellow house, one by one. Jacob Beltran,, "Friends, family gather to remember victims of New Year’s Day crash," 2 Jan. 2020 Instead of filling a room with sounds from a stereo, more and more people stick tiny speakers directly into their ears. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "How headphones are changing the sound of music," 18 Dec. 2019 This dishwasher would start to go, or the coffee maker would start to go, or the stereo would just turn on at full volume. Lydia Price,, "Getting Ghosted: 14 Stars Who Say They've Lived in Real Haunted Houses," 29 Oct. 2019 The music pouring from car stereos changes every few strides: Upbeat Latin pop blurs into country fiddling, then the thumping undergirding of a Southern rap song. Brian Burnsed,, "Two Playoff Teams, Two New Stadiums and One Great Divide," 3 Oct. 2019 The car stereo was turned up, blasting the stuff his parents typically played around the house, when Tapia had a realization. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the teenage old souls making dreamy Latinx pop, from their bedroom to yours," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective King’s voice boomed from stereo speakers set on porches and sidewalks along the route. Ashley Mcbride,, "From Girl Scouts to Buffalo Soldiers, tens of thousands honor Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio," 20 Jan. 2020 The mono and stereo editions of Ray Davies’ fantastical story of his brother-in-law moving his sister and their family to Australia are amended with bonus tracks unique to each mix. Ron Hart, Billboard, "These Are the Best Reissues of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 But otherwise, the devices are identical, with a full-size HDMI port, CSI camera port, DSI display port, stereo output and composite video port, and a micro SD port. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "A new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has arrived with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi for $25," 15 Nov. 2018 The consumer technology giant said Tuesday that the HomePod’s stereo feature is part of a larger update to the iOS mobile operating system that’s now available to download. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Apple Just Updated Its HomePod Smart Speaker With an Important New Feature," 29 May 2018 Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Record-breaking haul of meth worth $818 million seized in Australia; 2 customs agents charged," 5 Dec. 2019 Other secondhand gems: Battery Street Jeans, Dirt Chic, Crow Bookshop and Speaking Volumes, which carries vinyl, books and stereo equipment. Washington Post, "Burlington," 13 Nov. 2019 Hood stripped the finish and used some stain leftover from a build-your-own stereo speakers kit to give the bass a matte walnut finish. Matt Wake |, al, "The mystery of The Swampers’ stolen Muscle Shoals bass guitar," 12 Nov. 2019 After a turn as an accountant, the audiophile started to sell stereo gear and opened a store. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A bus crash nearly left a violin soloist paralyzed. But it was 'medicine' for his music.," 16 Oct. 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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The first known use of stereo was circa 1823

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stereo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce stereo (audio)

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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