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 An announcer was testing the public-address system. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 The explosion shook the building and knocked out the public-address system. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 There were several announcements over the public-address system, and these were important. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 Sep. 2021 These recordings are being aired over the public-address system at low levels, just enough to quell the echo of footsteps. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of public-address system

1917, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2022

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“Public-address system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public-address%20system. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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