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PA system

or P.A. system, p.a. system

Origin of PA system
1935-1940
1935-40

public-address system

[puhb-lik-uh-dres] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs/
noun
1.
a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors.
Also called PA system, P.A. system, p.a. system.
Origin
1920-25
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  • Did you get this order over the PA system before the second and third shots?

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I heard a click as the PA system of car-speakers and car-batteries in the tennis courts powered up.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • A voice suddenly rasped over the PA system loud-speaker above the door.

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British Dictionary definitions for PA system

PA system

noun

public-address system

noun
1.
a system of one or more microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers for increasing the sound level of speech or music, used in auditoriums, public gatherings, etc Sometimes shortened to PA system
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