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[noun hand-set; verb, adjective hand-set, -set]


1.Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece andearpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.

verb (used with object), handset, handsetting.

2.to set (type) by hand.


3.(of type) set by hand.

4.(of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.

Origin of handsetExpand


First recorded in 1915-20; hand + set

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Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

He lifted the handset from its cradle and dialed the operator.

The Lani People J. F. Bone

Another man quickly picked up a handset and spoke briefly into it.

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British Dictionary definitions for handsetExpand




1.a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can beheld simultaneously to mouth and ear

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