mega·​phone | \ ˈme-gə-ˌfōn How to pronounce megaphone (audio) \

Definition of megaphone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cone-shaped device used to intensify or direct the voice


megaphoned; megaphoning; megaphones

Definition of megaphone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transmit or address through or as if through a megaphone

intransitive verb

: to speak through or as if through a megaphone

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megaphonic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˈfä-​nik How to pronounce megaphone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One member in the group was using a megaphone to hurl a slew of profanities at two officers who were inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "New York men harassing, mocking NYPD cops in alarming video," 10 Apr. 2021 Twitter was Trump's favorite megaphone to promote his agenda and attack critics. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders against Donald Trump Twitter ban: 'Tomorrow it could be somebody else'," 25 Mar. 2021 They will be rewarded with opportunities to see remnants of the hotel, incline railway and Echo Phone — a metal megaphone — in addition to sweeping views of Angeles National Forest. Los Angeles Times, "Spot unique art and architecture across L.A. County with these adventures," 25 Mar. 2021 Contrast that with the model that LF Energy is pioneering which, in our communication analogy, would be more similar to an Internet chat room than the old megaphone model. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, "Want To Avoid Another Texas Debacle? Here Is How To Create A Clean, Resilient Electrical Grid," 25 Feb. 2021 This vast online reach offered Trump an online megaphone that was unparalleled in American politics. Author: Tony Romm, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump scrambles to find new social network after Twitter ban, as White House prepares to blast big tech," 10 Jan. 2021 Another man here can be heard expressing that he can't be arrested for simply using a megaphone. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An arrest, an assaulted senator and a statue in a lake: How the Madison protests unfolded," 24 June 2020 Oh shouted into a megaphone at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Pittsburgh last week. Juwon Park, USA TODAY, "BTS condemns anti-Asian racism, recalls experiencing it: 'We all have the right to be respected'," 30 Mar. 2021 The greater the influencer's following, the larger their megaphone. Scott Baradell, Forbes, "In Today's Post-Truth World, Brands Must Identify Their Continuum Of Influence," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of megaphone


1878, in the meaning defined above


1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for megaphone


mega- + -phone entry 1

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The first known use of megaphone was in 1878

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13 Apr 2021

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“Megaphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of megaphone

: a cone-shaped device used to make your voice louder when you speak through it


mega·​phone | \ ˈme-gə-ˌfōn How to pronounce megaphone (audio) \

Kids Definition of megaphone

: a device shaped like a cone that is used to direct the voice and increase its loudness

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