\ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌbīt \

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


His campaign relies on catchy sound bites.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The YouTuber, who regularly gives away huge swaths of money to his subscribers, bought billboards, local television spots, radio sound bites, and more, all urging people to subscribe to Kjellberg. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "PewDiePie’s fans are fighting hard to ensure he remains the biggest YouTuber," 14 Nov. 2018 During the nearly 90-minute press conference, Mr. Musk veered from off-the-cuff sound bites about complex rocket trajectories to comments about his personal excitement. Anne Steele, WSJ, "SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist Is a Japanese Billionaire," 18 Sep. 2018 Dressed in a starched white button-down shirt and Adidas track pants, and wearing purple matte lipstick, Owens talks quickly in sound bites and statistics. NBC News, "YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right," 23 June 2018 The stories have turned troubled lives into metaphors and morality tales for a country many feel has gone astray at a time when political discourse often reduces complex problems to simplistic sound bites. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 Ronny’s still not sure what difference these sound bites make. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 This might explain why the long-winded overview Morgan presented at Wednesday’s press conference included so many provocative sound bites and so little in the way of relevant case law. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Card Luke Hancock sympathetic, but law seems to be on NCAA's side," 11 July 2018 But a representative of the track’s ownership still rained on our rain with another salvo of sound bites about how Pimlico is unworthy of further investment. Dan Rodricks,, "On Pimlico and Preakness, let's 'Do It Now!'," 25 May 2018 Here are some of the best sound bites from the discussion. Megan Johnson, The Cut, "Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby on Art Versus Fashion," 24 Apr. 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sound bite

: a short recorded statement that is broadcast on a television or radio news program

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