bull·horn | \-ˌhȯrn \

Definition of bullhorn 

1 : a loudspeaker on a naval ship

2 : a handheld combined microphone and loudspeaker

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On the law and order front, bullhorns, banners, drones and spray paint have all been banned around the resort island where President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, are expected to hold their historic summit meeting on Tuesday. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Tightly Guarded, Singapore Battens Down for a Summit Meeting," 8 June 2018 The Shorewood march took on a somber tone — there were no chants or slogans shouted over a bullhorn — as demonstrators sought to convey the seriousness of their concerns. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immigrant-rights marchers rally in Wisconsin and the nation," 30 June 2018 Some include loud speeches over bullhorns and barbecues prepared on charcoal grills just outside the officer front doors. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Under siege by Stephon Clark protests, Sacramento D.A. calls for patience | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Apr. 2018 Bacow will be uniquely positioned to do so as the leader of one of the nation’s richest and most influential universities, with a bullhorn to address the pressing challenges facing all of higher education. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking Harvard," 1 July 2018 One person held a bullhorn and played the sounds of crying immigrants. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "'We are the children!': Families Belong Together rallies take over USA," 30 June 2018 During a head count, organizers make announcements over a bullhorn, including the schedule for the day's information sessions to discuss US immigration policies. Leyla Santiago And Khushbu Shah, CNN, "Gabriela's quest for safety: Pregnant mom gets her boys through sickness, a trash train and 3,000 miles," 27 Apr. 2018 The club made announcements in both English and Spanish using a bullhorn. Doug Donovan, Howard County Times, "Crews respond to water rescues at Beaver Dam Swimming Club, Patapsco River," 4 July 2018 The graduate didn't let that stop him though, and took to the lawn outside of where graduation was being held, a bullhorn in hand. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "High School Valedictorian Gives Speech Via Bullhorn," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of bullhorn

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bullhorn

: an electrical device that is used for making your voice much louder so that you can be heard over a large distance

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