mega·phone | \ˈme-gə-ˌfōn \

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 \ adjective

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But as Marine One thundered into the London sky later that evening, gathered below were several hundred protesters armed with pots, pans, drums, horns, whistles, megaphones and placards daubed with messages of varying profanity. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Trump in Britain: President faces dozens of protests across U.K.," 13 July 2018 Donors provided four ambulances, numerous motorcycles and megaphones, and thousands of bleach tablets. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 With these statements, West has echoed, on a national megaphone, a narrative that erases the injustice inflicted on black men and women, and bolstered lies circulated by white supremacists. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Kanye West dilemma," 5 June 2018 The people Trump has surrounded himself with are cable news brawlers, not so much advisers as megaphones for the administration. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Wrongest Man in Washington," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet an hour of watching one of Russia’s premier TV talk shows, whose host, Dmitry Kiselyov, is a megaphone for anti-Western propaganda, was a sobering reminder of why U.S.-Russian tensions are likely to get worse. Trudy Rubin,, "Report from Moscow: Russian TV news exacerbates disconnect between Putin and the U.S. | Trudy Rubin," 17 Apr. 2018 For Harley-Davidson, there is nothing to be gained in arguing with the person who has the biggest megaphone in the world. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attacking Harley-Davidson yet again, Trump now says administration will boost competitors," 3 July 2018 Amid this din, Escobar's voice came into range through one of the megaphones: whoops, chirps, mournful cries and takes on the ebullient gritos (musical shouts) associated with Mexican song. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar led an ethereal performance while floating on Echo Park Lake," 31 Jan. 2018 They were met with small groups of counterprotesters with megaphones. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Families Belong Together: Arizona rallies for migrant families separated at the border," 30 June 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 \

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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