public-address system


variants or public address system
: an apparatus including a microphone and loudspeakers used for broadcasting (as to an audience in an auditorium)

called also PA, PA system

Examples of public-address system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company’s greatest hits spotlighted Tiger Woods’s marital meltdown and the JetBlue flight attendant who quit his job by shouting obscenities over a plane’s public-address system, grabbing a beer from the galley, and sliding down the plane’s emergency chute. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Jan. 2012 These needed to be kept at a distance from exploding pyrotechnics and angled away from the blare of the stadium’s public-address system. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 In train stations, and subway stations, a voice over the public-address system makes an announcement, routinely. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Jan. 2023 The Dutchman even apologized to the crowd on the track’s public-address system. Stephen Wade, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of public-address system was in 1917

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“Public-address system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

public-address system

: a set of equipment including microphone and loudspeakers used for broadcasting to a large audience in an auditorium or out of doors

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