mouthpiece

noun
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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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, latimes.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Neoconservatism reached its ascendency in the Bush administration, and to many on the left, the Weekly Standard was the mouthpiece for everything deeply wrong with neoconservatism and the Republican Party. Jane Coaston, Vox, "What the Weekly Standard meant to conservatism," 14 Dec. 2018 And of those these two McClatchy reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon have just been mouthpieces for Adam Schiff, as well as for Glenn Simpson. Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 Kanye has become a mouthpiece for alt-whites, and Kelis confirmed what Nas’ ex-girlfriend Carmen Bryan tried to tell everyone in 2006: that Nas reportedly has a problem keeping his hands to himself. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "10 Things I Already Know About You if You’re Listening to Nas’ New Album Nasir," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of mouthpiece

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mouthpiece

noun

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

mouthpiece

noun
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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