mouth·​piece | \-ˌpēs \

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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Last weekend, amid a communications crisis for the Vatican, it was announced that Lombardi would rejoin the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, which serves as an unofficial mouthpiece for the papacy. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Sanctions, sex abuse and silence: A primer on the pope saga," 9 Sep. 2018 Critics think Al Jazeera, especially its Arabic-language channel, has become the mouthpiece of the Qatari government. The Economist, "Cold war in the heatWhy Gulf countries are feuding with Qatar," 21 June 2018 Nickey did the same to Winslow, grinning and removing his mouthpiece so the tight end could hear him. Scott Tinley,, "An Oral History of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Between Miami, Ohio State," 4 Jan. 2013 Trump’s various mouthpieces have resorted to exactly that formula, when asked difficult or obvious questions that assume a reality different from Trump’s. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018 Zaman was raided in March 2016 after a court placed it under the management of trustees and later shuttered for allegedly serving as a mouthpiece for Gulen's movement. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkish journalists sentenced for links to US-based cleric," 6 July 2018 Besides triggering bodywide inflammation, hookah use is associated with the spread of infections such as herpes and HPV from several smokers using a single mouthpiece. Houston Chronicle, "Hookah health news from your very own galaxy," 1 July 2018 Over the years Al Jazeera has been seen as both a force for free speech and a mouthpiece for terrorism. The Economist, "Cold war in the heatWhy Gulf countries are feuding with Qatar," 21 June 2018 The curious thing this time, though, is that all of the talk being pedalled about his exit is coming from Madrid mouthpieces in the press., "Is It Happening? Juventus Closing in on €100m Deal as Ronaldo 'Considers Leaving Real Madrid'," 3 July 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 \

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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