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PA system

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

Origin of PA system
First recorded in 1935-40

public-address system

[puhb-lik-uh-dres] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs/
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.
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A voice suddenly rasped over the PA system loud-speaker above the door.

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  • I heard a click as the PA system of car-speakers and car-batteries in the tennis courts powered up.

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  • Did you get this order over the PA system before the second and third shots?

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British Dictionary definitions for PA system

PA system


public-address system

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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