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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 Ginkgo has faced some criticism for hyping its technology, but Kewalramani had a sound bite at the ready., 2 Nov. 2021 Prior, who had served as deputy director of public affairs in the Trump Justice Department, was good on TV and good with a sound bite. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2021 Kruger’s epigrams differ from other forms of reductionism, including the journalistic sound bite and the political slogan. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 This is a form of broadcast news writing in which an anchor reads a story over video then pauses for a brief sound bite. Cindy Metzler, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Thursday’s hearing was an example of how the substance can get drowned out by a single sound bite. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Another clue into the mental makeup that fuels the defense’s consistent performance came in a sound bite. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 But the hype — every syllable and sound bite — was justified by the game., 4 Oct. 2021 Psaki seems to recognize that the best way to guarantee a sound bite on Fox — especially about critical vaccine information — is to engage with its reporter. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021

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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 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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