ste·​reo | \ˈster-ē-ˌō, 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)

1a : stereoscopic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The notch is there because Google wanted to give you a bigger screen, front-facing stereo speakers, and a wide angle selfie camera. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone," 15 Oct. 2018 From the stereo: Diddit diddit diddit diddit diddit diddit diddit didda Andrew glanced over at Ingrid. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 But, presumably, Apple could apply the reversible nature to play back the proper right / left stereo signals to the proper ear once it’s already established which ear is which. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "New Apple patent hints that rumored over-ear headphones could be reversible," 9 Nov. 2018 And who, having read that line and pictured that mule, will still turn on the car stereo without a slight pause and a moment of doubt? Nitsuh Abebe, New York Times, "New Sentences: From Jesse Ball’s ‘Census’," 20 June 2018 HomePod & Siri Earlier this week, Apple updated the HomePod with stereo and multi-room music listening modes and the ability to add calendar appointments. Time, "Apple's New Software Will Help You Use Your Phone Less Often," 1 June 2018 Many recyclers have begun turning away noncovered devices or charging fees to take lower scrap value items like printers, small household appliances, stereos and DVD players. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "The list of electronics Californians must pay to recycle could get much longer," 31 May 2018 He and Todd Hundley are playing CDs of Pearl Jam, AC/DC and Limp Bizkit on the clubhouse stereo. Teddy Greenstein,, "Don't be fooled by the Sammy Sosa on your TV screen," 3 May 2018 On the other side, chickens, a rabbit, a father and daughter, Spencer, and a few volunteers played and worked, jazz tinkling on a stereo. Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In addition to the notch, there's also a sizable bottom bezel featuring one of the two front stereo speakers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 This interest ran the gamut from cars to stereo equipment, computers and even barbeque., "Christopher W. Duarte," 1 July 2018 The update released this month adds HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2 support. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018 But one barometer never lies: the distinct boom of the speakers outfitted onto the cars driving down your block with windows open and stereo blaring. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Is the Song of the Summer," 29 May 2018 Our review unit included 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, 256GB of storage in the form of a M.2 2280 PCIe SSD, stereo speakers, a Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 network adapter for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 75WHr battery. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union," 23 May 2018 The first step was to follow up on an old lead: stereo equipment that belonged to the victim's older brother, John-Paul Weidner, which was stolen from the Weidners' house at the time of the murder. Kristine Guerra, Indianapolis Star, "From the archives: Amy Weidner's 1989 cold-case murder solved by IMPD officer Bill Carter via Facebook," 17 Apr. 2014 Play some tunes: Mazda’s stereo sound remains excellent, about an A-, and among the best down here in the low end of the range. Scott Sturgis,, "Mazda takes a good thing - its CX-5 - and tinkers with it," 17 Apr. 2018 This model has stereo speakers on the bottom (the iPad Pro has a better speaker configuration). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "2018 iPad review: Content creation with compromises," 6 Apr. 2018

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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, 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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