megaphone

noun
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

megaphone

verb
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

Other Words from megaphone

Noun

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

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Customers receive a friendly annual reminder by the restaurant’s owner – a 74-year-old woman – who Keith said climbs onto a chair with a megaphone in-hand and shouts the rules to the crowd below. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 9 May 2022 The school's Instagram Story also showed various team members standing in the ocean waves — a winning tradition depicted on the show — with the golden trophy, topped with a megaphone, held high overhead. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 9 Apr. 2022 Students used a megaphone to denounce police violence. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Speakers used a megaphone to share experiences of being misgendered and discriminated against. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 All the while, Fedorov’s social media megaphone keeps the attention of his nearly 300,000 Twitter followers on the carnage in Ukraine. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Before the crowd advanced, Reffitt used a megaphone to shout at police to step aside and to urge the mob to push forward and overtake officers. Michael Kunzelman And Colleen Long, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 Before the crowd advanced, Reffitt used a megaphone to shout at police to step aside and to urge the mob to push forward and overtake officers. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 8 Mar. 2022 Before the crowd advanced, Reffitt used a megaphone to shout at police to step aside and to urge the mob to push forward and overtake officers. Michael Kunzelman, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of megaphone

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for megaphone

Noun

mega- + -phone entry 1

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The first known use of megaphone was in 1878

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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Megaphone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/megaphone. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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megaphone

noun
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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