head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn How to pronounce headphone (audio) \
plural headphones

Definition of headphone

: an earphone held over the ear by a band worn on the head usually plural So for the gamer to gain that "edge," he must have the best mouse, the smoothest mouse pad or the most sensitive headphones.— Chris Yong Strapping on cushy headphones the size of loaves of bread, I'd repeatedly listen to Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and the music of artists such as Jelly Roll Morton and Billie Holiday.— Robert Wilder also : a small earphone inserted into the ear : earbud in-ear headphones

Examples of headphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because the Pixel 3a resurrected the headphone jack. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 May 2022 The transmitter unit connects to the TV’s headphone or optical output and then relays the audio signal without any lag thanks to using RF transmission that doesn’t have latency problems like Bluetooth can. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 May 2022 It can be plugged into keyboard, drum machine or digital audio workstation (DAW), and there’s even a headphone jack so DJs can listen and play without turning the rest of the house into a club. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 Believing the headphone business to have matured, Mr. Dodson moved Koss into loudspeakers, challenged the Sony Walkman with the Koss Music Box, bought a company that made record and tape care products, and developed a digital radio. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 That would be fine if the design took advantage of the extra bulk, but Unihertz still couldn't find room for a headphone jack or a microSD card. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 Users can sample Super X-Fi headphone holography on local music content inside their phones. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 This is the Dyson Zone, a personal air-purifying mask and noise-canceling headphone doohickey that started life well before the Covid-19 pandemic made masks mainstream. Chris Haslam, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Most notable, is its integration of Spotify Tap, which launched in September for headphone users to seamlessly stream music with just one tap. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headphone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Headphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headphone. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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head·​phone | \ ˈhed-ˌfōn How to pronounce headphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of headphone

: an earphone held over the ear by a band worn on the head

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