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headphone

[hed-fohn] /ˈhɛdˌfoʊn/
noun, Usually, headphones
1.
Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
2.
any set of earphones.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; head + -phone
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Word Origin and History for head phone

headphone

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for head phone

headphone

small loudspeaker (earphone) held over the ear by a band or wire worn on the head. Headphones are commonly employed in situations in which levels of surrounding noise are high, as in an airplane cockpit, or where a user such as a switchboard operator needs to keep the hands free, or where the listener is moving about or wants to listen without disturbing other people. A headphone may be equipped with one earphone or two and may include a miniature microphone, in which case it is called a headset. For listening to stereophonically reproduced sound, stereo headphones may be used, with separate channels of sound being fed to the two earphones.

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