Definitions

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

  • n. A part, as of a telephone receiver or hearing aid, that fits in or is held next to the ear.
  • n. See earphone.
  • n. Either of the two parts of an eyeglasses frame that extend over or around the ear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A speaker placed inside or held near to the ear.
  • n. The arm on a pair of glasses that hooks over the ear to hold them in place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a device for converting electric signals into sounds, designed to be held over or inserted into the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to the side-piece of the burganet or open helmet of the sixteenth century, usually made of splints, and covering a leather strap or chin-band to which they are riveted. Compare cheek-piece. Also called oreillère.

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

  • n. electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

Etymologies

ear + piece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • UPDATE: The main article I link to below has been pulled, so we should assume that the author's allegation, that Romney's staff admits he wears an earpiece, is no longer proven.

    More on Romney potentially wearing an earpiece

  • The excuse with the earpiece is very lame, but the management can’t use this “technical problem” every time she sings live.

    Taylor Swift’s Grammy 2010 Performance: Label CEO Blames Technical Issue

  • On TV, what's going on in your earpiece is the most important thing; you have to try to take notice of that – but that's quite hard when you're trying to have a serious conversation with someone.

    My greatest mistake: Gabby Logan

  • Dr. Keith Black, for example, who is the chairman of neurosurgery at Cedars, suggests always using a wired earpiece, which is something that he does.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2008

  • The X10 has a couple of issues - the earpiece is a bit on the quiet side, so if you're the kind of person who finds yourself trying to communicate in noisy bars and clubs you might have some issues with it.

    Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

  • The MoGo Talk's Bluetooth headset also features a folding earpiece, which is pretty much a necessity so it can fold flat and piggyback in the iPhone case.

    OhGizmo!

  • PacoBell: Because the earpiece is a passive inductive device.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • Even though the earpiece was a little large for me, the earloop provided a sturdy grip, and the headset did not move around.

    PC World

  • The earpiece, which is actually a strong passive magnet, receives the audio signal via vibration from an induction-type neck loop transmitter draped over the user's shoulders.

    Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

  • It would've been better if his earpiece were a separate "rubbery" piece that was attached to his ear, instead of sculpting it onto his face.

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