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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megaphonic \ˌme-​gə-​ˈfä-​nik \ adjective

Examples of megaphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 On Saturday, hundreds of protesters armed with signs, candles and megaphones gathered in cities, blocking streets and shutting down businesses, CBS News reported. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "After the rape of a 7-year-old in India, thousands call for her attackers to be hanged," 2 July 2018 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

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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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