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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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Examples from the web for headphones
  • Noise cancelling headphones usually do away with low pitches.
  • Put on a pair of headphones and turn up the volume so that you can't even hear yourself speak.
  • They then asked listeners wearing headphones to determine whether the car was coming from the left or the right.
  • With this methodology, participants are seated in a soundproof booth and different tones are presented through headphones.
  • These were played to a group of subjects wearing headphones.
  • Right now, they've got their headphones plugged in and their hands full of stuff.
  • Better yet, they'll sell us earplugs the way they sell us headphones.
  • Second to a temporary wall, noise-cancelling headphones are the best sanity saver.
  • But in the few hours it whips around its sun the noise cancelling headphones.
  • To plug two pairs of headphones in to an iPod, you have to buy a special adapter.
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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