1) N-COUNT The handset of a telephone is the part that you hold next to your face in order to speak and listen.
2) N-COUNT You can refer to a device such as the remote control of a television or stereo as a handset.

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  • handset —    The portion of the telephone that is hand held when the telephone is in use; consists of a receiver and transmitter at the ends of a common handle and is connected by an electrical cord to the handset mounting …   IT glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations

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