[ noun hand-set; verb, adjective hand-set, -set ]
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  1. Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.

verb (used with object),hand·set, hand·set·ting.
  1. to set (type) by hand.

  1. (of type) set by hand.

  2. (of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.

Origin of handset

First recorded in 1915–20; hand + set

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British Dictionary definitions for handset


/ (ˈhændˌsɛt) /

  1. a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear

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