\ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌbīt How to pronounce sound-bite (audio) \

Definition of sound-bite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or characterized by sound bites sound-bite politics

sound bite


Definition of sound bite (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief recorded statement (as by a public figure) broadcast especially on a television news program also : a brief catchy comment or saying

Examples of sound-bite in a Sentence

Noun His campaign relies on catchy sound bites.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The context is long gone, but what Jimmy Vasser said on a race weekend at Milwaukee a quarter century ago remains a humorous sound bite. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 May 2022 Though the vice president doesn’t have an account herself, her sound bite has millions of plays. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 A few minutes spent on Lilly Ledbetter, who took her fight for equal pay to the Supreme Court, makes sense, but a sound bite from Arianna Huffington feels perfunctory. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 That sound bite caught on and turned into a song title. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2022 The sound bite was met with immediate criticism and discourse, particularly surrounding Kardashian’s privilege and ignorance of the working lives of most people on the planet. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2022 The sounds of screaming, gunfights and air-raid sirens were uploaded to TikTok as an original sound bite by one user and was then used on more than 240 videos purporting to be from Ukraine. NBC News, 25 Feb. 2022 House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, delivered a sound bite that is likely to haunt vulnerable Democrats all the way to November, especially if oil prices continue to skyrocket. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 Based on a traditional springtime folk song and reminiscent of the wailing sirens of the Chernobyl disaster, the song became a Ukrainian favorite and a popular sound bite on TikTok. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sound-bite


1986, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound-bite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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