- Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
- any set of earphones.
Origin of headphone
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Examples from the Web for headphones
You can see him in the video, jamming his headphones into the pocket of his black trenchcoat.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
The crowd is an assortment of reporters, posse members, film students, and very skittish men sporting huge AOL headphones.James and the Giant Internet Company: Franco and AOL Get Kissy Faces
September 18, 2014
I used to sneak the DVD up to my room at night and watch it with headphones in the dark.A Love Letter to ‘The Notebook,’ a Melodrama That Commits to Its Sentimentality
June 26, 2014
To keep the child quiet, the adults slap a pair of headphones on the young Wookie as the boy watches a Boba Fett cartoon.The Cult of Boba Fett: The ‘Star Wars’ Bounty Hunter’s Spin-Off
June 5, 2014
Language from the patent mandates that the technology be used with “hearing device, headphones, ear buds, or headsets.”Apple Wants to Make Your Head Into an App
February 19, 2014
A sudden rush of noise in the headphones and he pushed the button again.Space Platform
The English youth nodded, and yanked his own headphones off.Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal
Robert Sydney Bowen
Then he hung the headphones up and turned to the bewildered Lance.
He closed his eyes as he listened to the murmuring voice in the headphones.
Suppose, too, he said, that the Inca refuses to don the headphones?The Radio Boys' Search for the Inca's Treasure
- an electrical device consisting of two earphones held in position by a flexible metallic strap passing over the headInformal name: cans
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Word Origin and History for headphones
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