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[hed-fohn] /ˈhɛdˌfoʊn/
noun, Usually, headphones
Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
any set of earphones.
1910-15; head + -phone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for headphone
  • Monster, the maker of home theater cable, has several high-end headphone models designed to better reproduce digital music.
  • Verify that your system audio works by playing another audio application and/or checking your speaker and headphone wires.
  • Each theater has a dozen leather chairs with headphone jacks and monitor controls.
  • Each seat has a power outlet and a headphone jack and many riders do business as they travel the country.
  • Pulls double duty as portable and home-stereo headphone solution.
  • No wireless headphone support, so you'll have to string yourself up with headphone wires.
  • Handy headphone jack lets you work musicians' hours while housemates snooze.
  • Surround sound requires appropriate amplifier and loudspeakers or headphone.
  • Many hearing aid users prefer to remove the aids before placing the headphones on and listening through headphone alone.
  • They prefer to use the volume amplification of the radio headphone.
Word Origin and History for headphone

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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