mouth·​piece | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌpēs How to pronounce mouthpiece (audio) \

Definition of mouthpiece

1 : something placed at or forming a mouth
2 : a part (as of an instrument) that goes in the mouth or to which the mouth is applied
3a : one that expresses or interprets another's views : spokesman
b slang : a criminal lawyer

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Examples of mouthpiece in a Sentence

the mouthpiece of a trumpet He's been acting as a mouthpiece for the government on questions of foreign policy. The company has hired an attorney as a mouthpiece to answer its critics.
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Santos throws a combination of punches and knocks Jones’ mouthpiece out. Todd Martin,, "UFC 239: Jon Jones defeats Thiago Santos; Nunes stops Holm," 6 July 2019 Chinese state mouthpiece People’s Daily’s online edition published a set of draft rules (link in Chinese) regulating gaming content for players of different age groups this week. Jane Li, Quartz, "The next stage in China’s fight against gaming addiction could ban “puppy love”," 28 June 2019 The program between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar is infinitely more interesting with Heyman serving as the mouthpiece. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: WWE Still a Big Part of John Cena’s Future Plans," 12 June 2019 In the same year Global Times, a tabloid owned by the party’s main mouthpiece, People’s Daily, began publishing its own English-language daily, offering somewhat racier fare than that of China Daily, while still avoiding criticism of the party. The Economist, "China is spending billions on its foreign-language media," 14 June 2018 Notably, the statement did not appear in Saturday’s edition of Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the North’s ruling party that’s widely read by North Koreans. Washington Post, "North Korea’s Kim meets with South’s Moon for 2nd time," 26 May 2018 What Johnson and the other Koch mouthpieces don’t like to acknowledge is that the FDA already has a program to give desperately ill — that is, terminal — patients access to experimental treatments. Michael Hiltzik,, "GOP senator reveals the truth: Right-to-try bill was a scam tailored to harm public health," 4 June 2018 The script and lyrics, largely airlifted intact from an 1897 stage drama by the French playwright Charles Peguy, have the declamatory fervor of a passion play, with characters serving as philosophic mouthpieces rather than vessels of human drama. Ty Burr,, "Before she was Joan of Arc," 9 May 2018 There can be no epistemic authority, no one to trust, other than the autocrat and his mouthpieces. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mouthpiece

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mouthpiece

: a part of something that is placed between or near your lips
: someone who speaks for another person or for a group or organization


mouth·​piece | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌpēs How to pronounce mouthpiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of mouthpiece

: the part put to, between, or near the lips the mouthpiece of a trumpet the mouthpiece of a telephone

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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