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[eer-fohn] /ˈɪərˌfoʊn/
a sound receiver that fits in or over the ear, as of a radio or telephone.
Usually, earphones. a headset; headphone.
Origin of earphone
1920-25; ear1 + phone1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for earphone
  • Magically, music from the local radio station poured from the earphone.
  • The calibrated earphone can be used to check earphone calibration equipment in a standards laboratory.
  • Expand the headset to full size and place the red earphone on the right ear and the blue earphone on the left ear.
  • The radios come with approved accessories including a speaker microphone, headset and earphone.
  • Some toys products are supplied with an earphone or a headphone for the pleasure of listening music or songs.
British Dictionary definitions for earphone


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