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
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.
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.
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.
To people of a certain age, the Walkman is tied up with memories of adolescence.
The name Walkman became virtually synonymous with headphone stereo products and it even appeared in respected dictionaries abroad as well as in Japan.
But all is not lost - Chinese manufacturers can still make devices with the name Walkman, to be sold in Asia and the Middle East.
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'.
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.
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.
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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