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  1. a sound receiver that fits in or over the ear, as of a radio or telephone.
  2. Usually earphones. a headset; headphone.
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Origin of earphone

First recorded in 1920–25; ear1 + phone1
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Examples from the Web for earphone

Contemporary Examples of earphone

Historical Examples of earphone

  • Crag called experimentally into the earphone, without answer.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for earphone


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