Definitions

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

  • n. Either of a pair of ear coverings often attached to an adjustable headband and worn to protect the ears especially against the cold.

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  • n. A garment to keep the ears warm.
  • n. A garment or part worn over a single ear.
  • n. A sound-deadening cup or a pair of such cups worn over the ear or ears.
  • n. Attributive form of earmuffs.

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

  • n. either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather

Etymologies

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ear +‎ muff

Examples

  • In Illinois, a three-judge district court upheld Illinois '4th Congressional District-the famous "earmuff" district (see district top right above) - against a Shaw challenge, and the Supreme Court summarily affirmed that decision.

    Minority Vote Dilution Is Still Illegal

  • Howard Leight isn't a hi-fi company—it specializes in industrial and consumer-grade hearing protection—so not surprisingly the Sync is essentially an earmuff crossed with a pair of headphones.

    Sounds Like Teen Spirit

  • Freedom comes from the man who dissed Oprah, complained that the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening was a bastardization of the 1891 Frank Wedekind play (which Franzen himself had recently translated from the German), called book critic Michiko Kakutani "the stupidest person in New York," and claimed such affectations as writing in an earmuff-and-blindfold-equipped sensory-deprivation chamber.

    The Man We Knew Too Much

  • Is there an electric earmuff out there that 1. amplifies ambient sounds, 2. shuts out gunfire, and 3. is small enough to be worn under a hat or a hood, not clank against your stock when you shoulder your weapon, etc.?

    Can You Hear Me Now?

  • Gordini USA, an Essex Junction, Vt., ski-glove maker, branched out into earmuff-headsets about 18 months ago.

    Hear Muffs

  • After buying and testing five earmuff-headset combos, though, we saw that assumption turned upside-down.

    Hear Muffs

  • Dennis Kucinich left politics to open a chain of big and tall earmuff stores.

    CNN Transcript Nov 29, 2008

  • Image: Courtesy David A. Greenwood 1858: Chester Greenwood, inventor of the earmuff, is born.

    Dec. 4, 1858: It Was Very Cold the Day Chester Greenwood Was Born

  • By the time Greenwood died in 1937, production had reached 400,000 pairs annually, making Farmington the "earmuff capital of the world."

    Dec. 4, 1858: It Was Very Cold the Day Chester Greenwood Was Born

  • While Greenwood went on to be a prolific inventor -- he is ranked by the Smithsonian Institution as one of America's 15 outstanding inventors -- he remains revered in Farmington for the earmuff.

    Dec. 4, 1858: It Was Very Cold the Day Chester Greenwood Was Born

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    December 2, 2007

  • Earmuffs are 130 years old today! (Dec 1, 2007)

    December 2, 2007