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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Related Words for loudspeaker

megaphone, bullhorn, amplifier

Examples from the Web for loudspeaker

Contemporary Examples of loudspeaker

Historical Examples of loudspeaker

  • The address to the crowd at the Capitol was broadcast on a loudspeaker.

  • Crawford's back was to them as he stared at the loudspeaker.

  • After a full two minutes there was still no answer from the loudspeaker.

  • A loudspeaker shouted into the room: "Come out of there, Lane, or we'll blast you out."


    Robert J. Shea

  • There was a babble of voices from the loudspeaker, punctuated by bursts of static.

    Death Wish

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for loudspeaker



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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Word Origin and History for loudspeaker

also loud-speaker, 1884, from loud (adj.) + speaker.

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