headphone

[ hed-fohn ]
/ ˈhɛdˌfoʊn /
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noun Usually headphones.

Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
any set of earphones.

Origin of headphone

First recorded in 1910–15; head + -phone
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British Dictionary definitions for headphones

headphones

/ (ˈhɛdˌfəʊnz) /

pl n

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

headphone


n.

1914, from head (n.) + second element extracted from telephone.

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