sound·​bar ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌbär How to pronounce soundbar (audio)
variants or sound bar
plural soundbars or sound bars
: a rectangular audio device that transmits sound (as from a television or computer) via multiple loudspeakers contained in a single enclosure
A soundbar is designed to take the audio from a television and turn it into virtual 3D surround sound without having to do complicated wiring or stringing speaker boxes throughout the room.Rick Nathanson

Examples of soundbar in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soundbar was in 1990

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“Soundbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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