loud·​speak·​er ˈlau̇d-ˌspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio)
: a device that changes electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the early years of Abramovich’s reign, which began in 2003, the stadium loudspeaker would blast out the Russian folk song Kalinka in honor of its former owner. Volodymyr Verbyany, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 The pact, part of former liberal president Moon Jae-in's efforts at rapprochement with Pyongyang, consists of measures such as setting up buffer zones, ceasing loudspeaker propaganda and demining the heavily armed inter-Korean border. Arkansas Online, 6 Jan. 2023 Data from the new cable reveal that the floating ice field serves as a natural loudspeaker, amplifying tremors from below. Carolyn Wilke, Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2022 The loudspeaker broadcasts announcements from the captain. Noo Saro-wiwa, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Nov. 2022 In its Monday statement, the General Staff of the North’s Korean People’s Army accused South Korea of provoking animosities near their land border as well with its own artillery tests and propaganda loudspeaker broadcasts. Hyung-jin Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2022 Neighbors were frightened by MOVE’s rifles and late-night loudspeaker tirades, which were filled with expletives and violent threats. Bronwen Dickey, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2022 Ramos confined himself to an attic, and SWAT officers yelled over a loudspeaker for hours and deployed tear gas and pepper spray at the home in an attempt to lure him out, police said. Dallas News, 18 Oct. 2022 In coastal Indian Shores, a police officer urged people over a loudspeaker to evacuate immediately and blared his siren. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loudspeaker was in 1920

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“Loudspeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loudspeaker. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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loud·​speak·​er -ˈspē-kər How to pronounce loudspeaker (audio)
: a device that changes electrical signals into sound

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