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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Kharitonov had success in an odd first round that included Mitrione’s mouthpiece coming out three times. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "'I’ve come a really long way’: Nick Newell makes quick work of Corey Browning in Bellator debut," 25 Aug. 2019 But in his original role as a mouthpiece for Trump’s insecurities, Spicer didn’t just lie about something as inconsequential as a crowd. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting is a terrible, cynical ratings grab," 22 Aug. 2019 People who are afraid of the different, who have been raised to fear the other -- the way our society is set up right now has given them a mouthpiece. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Melissa Etheridge on the Continued Fight for LGBTQ Rights: 'We Have to Stand Beside Love'," 2 July 2019 Prince Wilhelm, the son of the last Kaiser, has been called a mouthpiece for Nazi propaganda. The Economist, "The Kaiser’s family’s claims for restitution provoke a backlash," 1 Aug. 2019 Some East Coast media, perhaps a few acting as mouthpieces for baseball executives and other insiders, were particularly leery of the relationship between Selig and Reinsdorf. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "In his new book, former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig calls the idea that White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf pulled his strings ‘a bunch of garbage’," 9 July 2019 As primary mouthpiece for Simenon’s social skepticism, Maigret keeps his irritation with the bourgeoisie, and his bafflement at the ways of the very rich, controlled and tempered. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 Santos throws a combination of punches and knocks Jones’ mouthpiece out. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "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

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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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