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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Recent Examples on the Web However the Securities Times, a business newspaper owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, said the initial phone call for help claimed the attackers may have been carrying explosive devices. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese appliance billionaire He Xiangjian held hostage in kidnapping attempt," 16 June 2020 Trump did well by ending American involvement with the Work Health Organization, which has become a mouthpiece for China. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House report card: A no-good, rotten week for Trump, ‘F’," 7 June 2020 Nunes sent Spencer’s mouthpiece flying with an overhand right. Mma Junkie, azcentral, "UFC 250 results: Amanda Nunes mauls Felicia Spencer," 6 June 2020 The following day, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece newspaper, the People’s Daily, tried to calm the frenzy, saying on its official Weibo account that the remedy wasn’t a cure or treatment for the virus. WSJ, "China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Patients to Scramble for Remedies," 5 Feb. 2020 FIFTY YEARS ago a New York correspondent for Pravda, the mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party, was expelled. The Economist, "Quid pro quo The White House kicks out journalists working for China’s state media," 7 Mar. 2020 The outlets include the official Xinhua News Agency; China Global Television Network; China Radio International; the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China; and the China Daily newspaper. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Wall Street Journal reporters protest ‘sick man’ headline in Wall Street Journal," 22 Feb. 2020 That meant MusiCares’ chairman of the board, Amazon’s Steve Boom, gave a short introductory speech, but Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy interim CEO and a major mouthpiece this week defending the organization, never took the stage. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Aerosmith Honored by Foo Fighters, Jonas Brothers and More at 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala," 25 Jan. 2020 German officers, lawyers, and a fellow prisoner who serves as essentially the mouthpiece of Satan argue with Franz and seek to usher him away from his own destruction. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Film for All Christians," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mouthpiece

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mouthpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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