noun Date: 1914 an earphone held over the ear by a band worn on the head — usually used in plural

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  • headphone — 1914, from HEAD (Cf. head) (n.) + second element extracted from TELEPHONE (Cf. telephone) …   Etymology dictionary

  • headphone — [hed′fōn΄] n. 1. a listening device consisting of a single small speaker held to the ear by a band over the head 2. [usually pl.] a listening device consisting of two such speakers …   English World dictionary

  • headphone — /hed fohn /, n. Usually, headphones. 1. Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system. 2. any set of earphones. [1910 15; HEAD + PHONE] * * *       small loudspeaker (earphone) held over the ear by a band or wire worn on the head.… …   Universalium

  • headphone — noun A listening device placed or worn in the ear, usually sold in pairs She handed me one headphone so I could listen too …   Wiktionary

  • headphone — adj. Headphone is used with these nouns: ↑socket …   Collocations dictionary

  • headphone — Synonyms and related words: acoustical network, capacitor speaker, coaxial speaker, cone, crossover network, diaphragm, dynamic speaker, earphone, electrodynamic speaker, electromagnetic speaker, electrostatic speaker, excited field speaker, full …   Moby Thesaurus

  • headphone — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. headset, receiver, earphone. See hearing …   English dictionary for students

  • headphone — n. earphone held over the ear by a band, headset …   English contemporary dictionary

  • headphone — noun (usu. headphones) a pair of earphones joined by a band placed over the head …   English new terms dictionary

  • headphone — head•phone [[t]ˈhɛdˌfoʊn[/t]] n. Usu., headphones. 1) hfi a headset designed for use with a stereo system 2) any set of earphones • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

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