Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a pocket-sized cassette player, compact disk player, radio, or combined unit with lightweight earphones.

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  • n. A portable audio cassette player with headphones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (trademark) a pocket-sized stereo system with light weight earphones

Etymologies

A trademark; apparently from walk + man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As if that wasn't enough Black Tower are offering 3 runners up the chance to win the just launched, ultra slim new OLED Sony Walkman NWZA845B with BBC iPlayer compatibility and a set of Sony portable travel speakers so that you can just dock your Walkman® and press play for incredible sound quality while you're camping, on the beach or out in the garden.

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  • The term Walkman is on a par with the "atmosphere English" found on Japanese T-Shirts, bags, and pencil boxes, such as Tenderness was completed a pastel and The New York City Theatre District is where you can and us, anyone.

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  • If you remember parachute pants, the Brat Pack and the horror of Molly Ringwald's prom dress in "Pretty in Pink," you'll appreciate this bit of news: the Sony Walkman is no more.

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  • To people of a certain age, the Walkman is tied up with memories of adolescence.

    The soundtrack to your Walkman years

  • The name Walkman became virtually synonymous with headphone stereo products and it even appeared in respected dictionaries abroad as well as in Japan.

    From a cavernous hotel suite.

  • But all is not lost - Chinese manufacturers can still make devices with the name Walkman, to be sold in Asia and the Middle East.

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  • The name Walkman was used as Superman was very famous in those days and it was also based on the fact that existing audio recorders were called 'Pressman'.

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  • In Britain the gadget was marketed as the Stowaway and America as the Soundabout but the popularity of the device - one of the world's first truly global gadgets - meant the name Walkman spread, and before long Sony made sure all were called the same name.

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  • Walkman MuseumSeveral decades before the invention of the iPod, the audio technical wonder of the age was the personal cassette player – given the generic name Walkman after Sony's bestselling model.

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  • The expression "inline skate" is common I wrote about that once, but who ever called a Walkman a personal stereo device?

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  • Walkman is the proud invention by Sony.

    January 24, 2011