ear·​phone | \ ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

Definition of earphone

: a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves and is worn over or inserted into the ear

Examples of earphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only the stem comes with transparent plastic covers that show some of the earphone’s internals. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 The amp stage can deliver 400mW into a 32Ω headphone load, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of headphone and earphone types with sufficient power to spare. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Apparently, the AirPods Pro 2 case and each earphone can be located with Find My. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Oct. 2021 Here’s an interesting piece of news that could signal a bit of a shakeup in the true wireless earphone market. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The heat in the earphone market just turned up a notch today with Sony’s announcement of the WF-1000XM4, the brand’s latest true wireless earbuds. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Sound quality conclusions are best made in full earphone reviews, but the Beats Studio Buds have an 8.2mm dynamic driver. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The radio’s handy single earphone was perfect for teenagers to listen to their favorite music secretly under the covers while falling asleep, and vinyl record sales boomed as a result. Bobby Owsinski, Forbes, 30 May 2021 These days, earphone makers can tune and tweak their products to deliver a sound that’s approaching perfection. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of earphone

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Earphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earphone. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for earphone



English Language Learners Definition of earphone

: a device that is worn over or inserted into the ear and is used for listening to something (such as music or a radio) without having other people hear it


ear·​phone | \ ˈir-ˌfōn How to pronounce earphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of earphone

: a device that converts electrical energy into sound and is worn over the opening of the ear or inserted into it

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