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 megaphonic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

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In other words, the Trump megaphone rallies those who will vote and turns off some who might not. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump’s Midterm Known Unknowns," 23 Jan. 2018 Why Vegas for this next Eataly location?We felt that Vegas could be an amazing megaphone for our message, because basically, 100 percent of Americans will eventually go once in their life to Vegas. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Eataly Vegas, a 24-Hour Foodie Paradise," 11 Dec. 2018 Related The most noticeable limitation on Mr. Musk could be to his megaphone. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Tesla Braces for Uncertainty Amid Shift in Elon Musk’s Role," 30 Sep. 2018 As hundreds of students at the Washington event sat in silence for 19 minutes — one for every year since the Columbine shooting — Aniyah Smith, 17, read the names of the victims over a megaphone. Washington Post,, "Students protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary," 20 Apr. 2018 Several hours later, the officials returned and started calling people’s names over megaphones. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mueller may release multiple reports on Trump, obstruction and Russian interference," 4 Apr. 2018 Mayor Ted Wheeler addressed the crowd over a megaphone. Lizzy Acker,, "National School Walkout: Hundreds of students march in Portland for gun reform," 20 Apr. 2018 The names and ages of the 17 victims in Parkland were read over a megaphone and a poster with their pictures was held in front of the crowd. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "National School Walkout: Michigan students rally to end gun violence," 14 Mar. 2018 This ends happily, but earlier today, Gatwick Airport had to use a whiteboard and a megaphone because the flight information system went down. Fox News, "Clearance showdown between Trump and Brennan intensifies," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of megaphone


1878, in the meaning defined above


1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of megaphone was in 1878

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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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