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ear trumpet

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noun
  1. a trumpet-shaped device held to the ear for collecting and intensifying sounds and once commonly used as an aid to hearing.
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Origin of ear trumpet

First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for ear trumpet

Historical Examples

  • The deacon who accompanied him set the ear-trumpet to his ear.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • But who could bellow such a sad tale of misery through an ear-trumpet?

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley

  • "You had better use an ear-trumpet," remarked the Wasp impertinently.

    The Cricket's Friends

    Virginia W. Johnson

  • For some time after the deafness began, she did not use an ear-trumpet.

    Harriet Martineau

    Florence Fenwick Miller

  • Grandet made an ear-trumpet of his hand, and the president repeated his words.

    Eugenie Grandet

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for ear trumpet

ear trumpet

noun
  1. a trumpet-shaped instrument that amplifies sounds and is held to the ear: an old form of hearing aid
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