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[eer-fohn] /ˈɪərˌfoʊn/
a sound receiver that fits in or over the ear, as of a radio or telephone.
Usually, earphones. a headset; headphone.
Origin of earphone
First recorded in 1920-25; ear1 + phone1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Crag called experimentally into the earphone, without answer.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Paul took off his selectorscope spectacles with the earphone attachments.

    Double Take Richard Wilson
  • The better way, though, is to buy an earphone made especially for wireless work.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
  • Rick jumped for the radio unit the scientist held out, and plugged in the earphone.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Rick fell back and grabbed his radio unit, quickly plugging in the earphone.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • All you need for this set are: a crystal detector, a tuning coil and an earphone.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
  • He could hear the mumble of voices through the earphone but could make no sense out of it.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He pulled a radio sender and receiver from a cabinet and held an earphone close to his temple, continuing to nod.

    Cerebrum Albert Teichner
  • He removed the little radio from his pocket, unplugged the earphone, and put the radio on top of the cereal.

British Dictionary definitions for earphone


a device for converting electric currents into sound waves, held close to or inserted into the ear
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