bull·​horn | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌhȯrn also ˈbəl- How to pronounce bullhorn (audio) \

Definition of bullhorn

1 : a loudspeaker on a naval ship
2 : a handheld combined microphone and loudspeaker

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Recent Examples on the Web Stefanski, when he was injured and redshirting one season, took on the job of driving Coach Lake around campus in a cart shaped like a Penn football helmet on Fridays while Coach Lake yelled through his bullhorn to urge students to come to the game. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski always stood out during his days in Philadelphia, even when he wasn’t trying to stand out," 29 Jan. 2020 How does this device, which looks like a combination vape and bullhorn, help an investigator find the source of a smell? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Nasal Ranger: A Hobbyist Weed Farm's Worst Enemy," 15 Jan. 2020 All of this happened against a backdrop of frothing rage with the oligarchs for hogging all of the country’s wealth, as Putin turned the TV networks into his bullhorn. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Sickening Power of Putin," 15 Jan. 2020 Live performances featured Haynes shrieking into a bullhorn, surrounded by seizure-inducing strobe lights, graphic projections of medical procedures and drum cymbals set on fire. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes talks about his debut young adult novel," 9 Jan. 2020 In 2015, as Baltimore — and his own West Baltimore neighborhood — erupted into riots after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who had died in police custody, Mr. Cummings took to the streets, bullhorn in hand, to plead for calm. David Stout, New York Times, "Elijah Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68," 17 Oct. 2019 Speaking to the crowd through a bullhorn, Fabian Fernandez, a doctoral student in medical anthropology, reminded protesters that federal officials are not giving flu shots to detainees in the detention camps as the influenza season begins. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Doctors, nurses protest ICE, Trump immigration policies in SF," 25 Aug. 2019 Individuals with bullhorns or commanding voices led call-and-response chants. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Is it safe to travel to Hong Kong? I went to find out.," 20 Dec. 2019 In 2015, when the death of black Baltimore resident Freddie Gray sparked the city's worst riots in decades, Cummings carried a bullhorn in the streets and urged crowds to go home and respect a curfew. Brian White, Anchorage Daily News, "Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bullhorn

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2020

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“Bullhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullhorn. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bullhorn

US : 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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