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[hed-fohn] /ˈhɛdˌfoʊn/
noun, Usually, headphones
Audio. a headset designed for use with a stereo system.
any set of earphones.
Origin of headphone
1910-15; head + -phone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “Clap on your headphones,” cried Bob, too intent on his discovery to pay any attention to the gibe.

  • A sudden rush of noise in the headphones and he pushed the button again.

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  • The English youth nodded, and yanked his own headphones off.

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  • Then he hung the headphones up and turned to the bewildered Lance.

  • "You will fire in ten seconds," said a crisp voice in Joe's headphones.

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British Dictionary definitions for headphones


plural noun
an electrical device consisting of two earphones held in position by a flexible metallic strap passing over the head Informal name cans
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for headphones



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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