bull·​horn ˈbu̇l-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce bullhorn (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: a loudspeaker on a naval ship
: a handheld combined microphone and loudspeaker

Examples of bullhorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden, wearing a union ball cap and carrying a bullhorn, stood with Fain at the picket line. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2023 Teachers held signs, chanted and rallied the crowd with bullhorns outside of Kellogg Middle School on Wednesday morning as cars passing by honked in support. CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023 This spring, Tennessee lawmakers were criticized across the nation for expelling two young Black state representatives, Justin Pearson and Justin Jones, who interrupted a House session with a bullhorn as part of an anti-gun protest. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2023 Then one morning, at around 5:30 a.m. on April 13, a loud bullhorn and flashing blue lights awakened Donatiello. Albert Samaha, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023 To worsen the situation, what international aid is coming in has been halted at the southern border between Egypt and Gaza, said Nabel, another man who marched Saturday and carried a bullhorn to chant. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 15 Oct. 2023 Groups outside synagogues, ‘antisemitic packages’ left A group gathered outside the Temple Beth Israel in Macon on Friday night and one man was arrested after allegedly shouting obscenities through a bullhorn, according to CNN affiliate WGXA. Raja Razek, CNN, 25 June 2023 More radical elements on both sides — far-right Catholics and left-wing activists — jostled amid bullhorns and placards, and police intervened. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 In Tennessee, where Republicans hold at least three-fourths of the seats, the GOP supermajority expelled two Black Democratic lawmakers who used a bullhorn on the House floor to protest for gun control after a deadly school shooting in Nashville. David A. Lieb, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullhorn was in 1942

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“Bullhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullhorn. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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bull·​horn ˈbu̇l-ˌhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce bullhorn (audio)
: a handheld combined microphone and loudspeaker
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