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[meg-uh-fohn] /ˈmɛg əˌfoʊn/
a cone-shaped device for magnifying or directing the voice, chiefly used in addressing a large audience out of doors or in calling to someone at a distance.
Compare bullhorn.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), megaphoned, megaphoning.
to transmit or speak through or as if through a megaphone.
Origin of megaphone
1875-80, Americanism; mega- + -phone
Related forms
[meg-uh-fon-ik] /ˌmɛg əˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
megaphonically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for megaphone
  • All you have to do is ferret them out, and then use your money to give them a megaphone in the public arena.
  • In a couple, presenters tried to deliver lectures to a large crowd without a megaphone.
  • And next to that mirror is a megaphone to scream at everyone about it.
  • In this way, the presidential megaphone becomes a mild disadvantage.
  • The once all-powerful national megaphone of the presidency competes with many amplified voices in a diverse, atomized culture.
  • It allows powerful interests to magnify their voices at the expense of those without a megaphone.
  • One problem with highlighting your commenters is you have to respect the basic asymmetry--you have the megaphone, not them.
  • What bloggers do is break up smug monopolies, disperse editorial power and give unheard voices a chance to get a megaphone.
  • And a critical element of the power of her megaphone is that it is never labeled properly as left-wing advocacy.
  • When you are in an unwanted diplomatic spat, set aside the megaphone.
British Dictionary definitions for megaphone


a funnel-shaped instrument used to amplify the voice See also loud-hailer
Derived Forms
megaphonic (ˌmɛɡəˈfɒnɪk) adjective
megaphonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for megaphone

1878, coined (perhaps by Thomas Edison, who invented it) from Greek megas "great" (see mega-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Related: Megaphonic. In Greek, megalophonia meant "grandiloquence," megalophonos "loud-voiced."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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