telephone handset



  • A part of a telephone incorporating a microphone and an earphone, and which is designed to be held by the hand while talking and listening. A handset frequently has a dial for placing calls. Its abbreviation is phone handset. Also called telephone receiver (2), or handset.
  • synonymtelephone receiver
  • A small loudspeaker located in the handset of a telephone, which enables listening. Also called receiver (4), or earphone (3).