[ ster-ee-uh-fon-ik, steer- ]

  1. pertaining to a system of sound recording or reproduction using two or more separate channels to produce a more realistic effect by capturing the spatial dimensions of a performance (the location of performers as well as their acoustic surroundings), used especially with high-fidelity recordings and reproduction systems (opposed to monophonic).

Origin of stereophonic

First recorded in 1935–40; stereo- + phon(o)- + -ic

Other words from stereophonic

  • ster·e·o·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby stereophonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stereophonic in a sentence

  • Nick's hobby was music, and he treasured his second-hand stereophonic unit and collection of tapes.

    This Crowded Earth | Robert Bloch
  • A thing as big as wall TV in full color and stereophonic sound must be the talk of the town.

    The Gallery | Roger Phillips Graham

British Dictionary definitions for stereophonic


/ (ˌstɛrɪəˈfɒnɪk, ˌstɪər-) /

  1. (of a system for recording, reproducing, or broadcasting sound) using two or more separate microphones to feed two or more loudspeakers through separate channels in order to give a spatial effect to the sound: Often shortened to: stereo Compare monophonic, quadraphonics

Derived forms of stereophonic

  • stereophonically, adverb
  • stereophony (ˌstɛrɪˈɒfənɪ, ˌstɪər-), noun

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