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noun Usually headphones.
  1. Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
  2. any set of earphones.
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Origin of headphone

First recorded in 1910–15; head + -phone
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Related Words for headphones

television, telephone, radio, bug, handset, headphone, transceiver

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pl n
  1. 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



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

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