[ loud-spee-ker ]
/ ˈlaʊdˌspi kər /


any of various devices, usually electronic, by which speech, music, etc., can be intensified and made audible throughout a room, hall, or the like.
  1. a device for transforming electric signals into audible sound, most frequently used to reproduce speech and music.
  2. speaker (def. 4).

Origin of loudspeaker

First recorded in 1880–85; loud + speaker
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British Dictionary definitions for loudspeaker

/ (ˌlaʊdˈspiːkə) /


a device for converting audio-frequency signals into the equivalent sound waves by means of a vibrating conical diaphragmSometimes shortened to: speaker Also called: reproducer
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