public-address system

noun
variants: or public address system

Definition of public-address system

: an apparatus including a microphone and loudspeakers used for broadcasting (as to an audience in an auditorium)

Examples of public-address system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the game the Suns accepted the Western Conference trophy at midcourt while a tearful Paul was interviewed over the public-address system. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 The awfulness of flying through it — the crowded waiting room, spotty public-address system and exhaust-belching shuttle buses — was a rare source of consensus that endured no matter which party was in power. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 The public-address system was often unintelligible. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 The National Anthem was being played through the public-address system but stopped after just a few bars; fans in the arena kept the song going by singing in unison. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2021 Bristol announced over its public-address system before the race had even finished that dirt will be back next year. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Would Chuck Crabb’s familiar baritone over the public-address system even have registered to the man who replaced the man who replaced Bob Knight? Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2021 After Wilson hurled the cleat, the yellow flags flew and referee James Carter got on the stadium public-address system and announced what had just happened. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Dec. 2020 In midafternoon, a voice came over the public-address system instructing shoppers to leave their carts in the aisles and exit the store. Michael M. Phillips And Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of public-address system

1917, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2021

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“Public-address system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public-address%20system. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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