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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Other Words from megaphone


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

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The news channel’s commentators have been a megaphone for President Trump, who has a low favorability rating among black voters. Dallas News, "Fox adding free streaming service aimed at black audiences," 13 Jan. 2020 Inspired to play a bigger role in the movement by that experience, Kardashian West helped spur public interest and excitement about criminal justice reform, using her platform as a megaphone. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "Jessica Jackson, a single mom from California, took on the prison system — and changed her life," 29 Nov. 2019 The president’s signature concert-style rally is more than encouragement for his loyal base or a messaging megaphone. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'The other Iowa caucuses': Trump focuses on GOP contest in bid to run up the score," 24 Jan. 2020 When the sun goes down, the city is lit by the neon and dangling fluorescent bulbs outside bakeries, butchers and open air markets, where fruit vendors announce their prices over megaphones until the morning call to prayer. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 With the internet largely cut off for the past month, organizers resorted to text messages, word of mouth and messengers wielding megaphones to spread word of Sunday’s protest in Khartoum’s suburbs. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Bouncing Back From Crackdown, Protesters Surge Through Sudan’s Streets," 30 June 2019 As Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s second unit director, and the first woman to ever hold the megaphone on a Star Wars movie, Mahoney got to experience all of it. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like," 7 Jan. 2020 Naranjo continued chanting into the megaphone and officers handcuffed him, took him into custody and seized the amplifier at around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Austen Erblat,, "Protesters lock themselves to prison company Geo Group’s Boca Raton headquarters," 3 Dec. 2019 But rather than foster an open and reciprocal dialogue, Away’s reliance on open Slack messages appears to have created a one-way megaphone for the company’s executives. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Reports of a Toxic Culture at Away and Misunderstanding Inclusivity," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Megaphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce megaphone (audio)

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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