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

Music boomed from a stereo, and the Tender Loving Dancers marched in front of the audience and began their nearly two-hour set of world dances. F. Amanda Tugade,, "The Longest Day: Dance event at Belmont Village in Oak Park raises funds in fight against Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 Chet Baker plays on the stereo, and the morning light filters with cheery precision through the large windows. Jessica Gelt,, "Conrad Ricamora, Oliver on 'How to Get Away With Murder,' on the provocative, political 'Soft Power'," 15 May 2018 Apple’s HomePod gained multi-room audio and stereo pairing with the release of iOS 11.4 and AirPlay 2 today, and soon the smart speaker will be available in more countries. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Apple’s HomePod speaker launches in Canada, France, and Germany on June 18th," 29 May 2018 The television also has an RF antenna input, digital audio out, 3.5mm stereo out, 1 composite video input, and one wideband component input. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime members can grab a 50-inch 4K TV for $290 today," 9 July 2018 It was created in a partnership with Frog, a global design and strategy firm, and includes 130 feet of fiber-optic cable, four windows, six Samsung screens, six computers, six stereo cameras and more. Sophie Haigney,, "SFMOMA’s Magritte Interpretive Gallery lets people play with artist’s work," 3 July 2018 Laxer moved to Los Angeles during the post-WWII building boom and turned his stereo camera on celebrity homes, race tracks, and the Googie architecture of Armet & Davis. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "Jack Laxer, Photographer of Outlandish Architecture, Dies at 91," 12 June 2018 It should be noted that with the HomePod selling for $349, people should expect to pay $700 or more for the stereo or multi-room features. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Apple Just Updated Its HomePod Smart Speaker With an Important New Feature," 29 May 2018 The rest of the market is full of knock-off sneakers and car stereos, but there are other stalls selling ornately embroidered equestrian gear and cool apparel that are worth perusing. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The neighbors across the street have been blasting their stereo nonstop. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 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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