mouth·​piece ˈmau̇th-ˌpēs How to pronounce mouthpiece (audio)
: something placed at or forming a mouth
: a part (as of an instrument) that goes in the mouth or to which the mouth is applied
: one that expresses or interprets another's views : spokesman
slang : a criminal lawyer

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Global Times, a Chinese state mouthpiece, has published in the last two years a series of articles asserting the Chinese state’s control not just over territory but over souls. Lobsang Sangay, Foreign Affairs, 6 Nov. 2023 Moreover, Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel, a news station funded by Qatar that reaches tens of millions of people across the Arab world, has effectively served as a mouthpiece for Hamas. Ghaith Al-Omari, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2023 None of them stands out as a three-dimensional character; all, rather, come across as mouthpieces, whose purpose is to articulate one of various (often opposing) viewpoints. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Harm reduction groups sometimes distribute safe smoking kits, which can include a pipe, stem, mouthpiece, aluminum foil and wipes intended to prevent cuts and infections, the Washington Free Beacon reported in 2022. Landon Mion, Fox News, 29 Sep. 2023 On her own Instagram account, Teigen, 37, gave another glimpse into the Speak Out game, including several shots of herself wearing the mouthpiece. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 1 Oct. 2023 Amazon and its mouthpieces in Congress have made much of the fact that Khan has had Amazon’s number for years. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Your lips should rest comfortably around the mouthpiece. Chantae Reden, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2023 Closer inspection revealed that the marks were tiny holes bored into the hollow bones, and that one of the ends of the intact flute had been carved into a mouthpiece. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mouthpiece was in 1673

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“Mouthpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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mouth·​piece -ˌpēs How to pronounce mouthpiece (audio)
: the part put to, between, or near the lips
the mouthpiece of a trumpet
the mouthpiece of a telephone
: someone who expresses another person's ideas : spokesperson

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