Definition of stereo in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈstɛrɪəʊ//ˈstɪərɪəʊ/


  • 1[mass noun] Sound that is directed through two or more speakers so that it seems to surround the listener and to come from more than one source; stereophonic sound.

    ‘even without the benefit of stereo it sounds glorious’
    [as modifier] ‘stereo sound’
    • ‘"Of course we'll do them in hi-fi stereo," he said.’
    • ‘My player detected the surround track as mere stereo.’
    • ‘The sound is just stereo, but it has clear dialogue and well-mixed music.’
    • ‘The sound is stereo, and is a bit bass-heavy and muddy, but dialogue is easily heard.’
    • ‘More recently the film has been remixed in digital stereo.’
    • ‘This is a terrific sound mix that makes good use of the multichannel sound that stereo offers.’
    • ‘The sound is stereo for the narration, but the clips appear to be mainly mono as originally recorded.’
    • ‘The sound mix is stereo, and suitably fine given the lack of anything other than French dialogue and rustling fabric.’
    • ‘Sound is in stereo, but that doesn't matter because nothing loud ever happens.’
    • ‘The sound is in stereo, but we're not talking about anything that will push your system to its limits.’
    • ‘The sound is only in stereo, but it has been well designed and features good separation.’
    • ‘Audio is unimpressive stereo, sounding a bit muffled and hollow.’
    • ‘Sound is early stereo - okay, but nothing to write home about.’
    • ‘That fine picture may also be accompanied by stunning surround-sound stereo.’
    • ‘The reproduction of sound first started with the use of a single speaker before progressing to stereo.’
    • ‘The sounds are in stereo when gamers plug in a pair of headphones.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A CD or record player that has two or more speakers and produces stereo sound.
      ‘the dull throb of a neighbour's stereo’
      ‘a car stereo’
      • ‘Add in televisions, CD stereos and DVD players and the total replacement bill could easily top £2,000.’
      • ‘During the bus ride, they would scream at the bus driver and play their portable stereo.’
      • ‘Matt cranked his stereo so I wouldn't be able to sleep a wink and it worked.’
      • ‘I reached over and turned my stereo on and instantly knew the song playing.’
      • ‘So police and environmental health officers this week raided his home and seized his TV, stereo and all sound equipment.’
      • ‘You would also think that making it legal to steal car stereos would maximize the amount of theft.’
      • ‘His booming stereo masked any sound of my presence.’
      • ‘The next morning I woke to the sound of my stereo blaring rock music.’
      • ‘He nodded his head to the beat of the music blasting from the surround sound stereo equipment in the corner.’
      • ‘Greg only laughed and got out of the pool to turn the stereo on.’
      • ‘Then she muted the sound on her stereo and smiled.’
      • ‘When you steal my car stereo, I can no longer enjoy it.’
      • ‘He went over to the stereo in the room and put in a cd.’
      • ‘Suddenly, they heard music playing from the stereo in the living room.’
      • ‘Portable stereos were blasting and beers being downed as people milled around watching the artists at work.’
      • ‘To demonstrate this point, simply listen to your stereo.’
      • ‘I blast the stereo, crack open a fresh can of paint and transform a room.’
      • ‘In fact, more and more manufacturers of personal stereos are opting for rechargeable batteries, although it's ridiculous.’
      • ‘For example, don't buy a new stereo when you're in a euphoric mood.’
      • ‘At the opposite end on the same floor we found a game room which contained a pool table and ping-pong, as well as a bar and surround sound stereo.’
  • 2Photography

    another term for stereoscope
    • ‘This year's effort dangled Sony portable stereos and Konica cameras.’
  • 3Printing

    short for stereotype


  • 1

    ‘stereo equipment’
    short for stereophonic
    • ‘You generally do both stereo and surround mixes at the same time?’
    • ‘The audio comes in a stereo mix, which sounds fairly hollow.’
    • ‘Two stereo surround sound mixes, both in English, are offered here.’
    • ‘In addition, the rear panel contains separate stereo microphone and stereo line inputs.’
    • ‘If you plan to play the audio through your stereo system, as in a home theater, make sure the DVD player has a digital-audio output.’
    • ‘With him, I do things I might not do on my own, like the time that Stan, an avid guitar player, took me shopping for high-end stereo equipment.’
    • ‘A mono mix is appropriate since stereo sound was rarely used, if at all, in the early forties.’
    • ‘Your ears will hear pristine audio from built-in stereo speakers.’
    • ‘The original stereo mix sounds best to these ears.’
    • ‘You get the show shot in full frame and a pretty fine stereo sound mix.’
    • ‘Sound is a typical stereo mix for films of this age.’
    • ‘Since the included stereo track also sounds relatively cramped and subdued, optional subtitles should have been included.’
    • ‘Manufacturers are notorious for overrating the power of their stereo equipment.’
    • ‘Consumer imports include cosmetics, stereo equipment, sporting goods, and household products.’
    • ‘This is something else; a poor wrenching of mono sound into a stereo mix.’
    • ‘Sound is a mono feed into a basic stereo output and sounds good considering its age.’
    • ‘This device allows the stereo focus of the sound to change according to the movements of the actor's head, and for his own voice and breathing to be recorded in the most intimate way.’
    • ‘The room wasn't built for a huge entertainment center with surround sound and stereo equipment.’
    • ‘I played on my stereo headphones and I could already discern the direction various sounds are coming from.’
    • ‘And they can hear it in full stereo sound… even Dolby surround sound if you want.’
  • 2Photography

    short for stereoscopic