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[hed-set] /ˈhɛdˌsɛt/
Radio, Telephony. a device consisting of one or two earphones with a headband for holding them over the ears and sometimes with a mouthpiece attached.
earphones or headphones.
Origin of headset
1920-25; head + set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The chief hydraulic engineer had a headset clamped on for contact with all the working units.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • "Why it's funny, somehow," Robina said after they removed the headset.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • It was on the evening of the third day that Baron lifted the headset from his burning ears and admitted failure.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • He heard a click, then a hum, as the recorder was jacked into his headset circuit.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • The headset began to sputter and a voice from the ground said.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for headset


a pair of headphones, esp with a microphone attached
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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