- a piece placed at or forming the mouth, as of a receptacle or tube.
- a piece or part, as of an instrument, to which the mouth is applied or which is held in the mouth: the mouthpiece of a trumpet.
- the part of a bit or bridle, as for a horse, that passes through the animal's mouth.
- a person, newspaper, etc., that conveys the opinions or sentiments of others; spokesperson.
- Slang. a lawyer, especially a criminal lawyer.
Origin of mouthpiece
Examples from the Web for mouthpiece
In both cases, when someone answered he was to blow three times into the mouthpiece, and then hang up.
Three short breaths into the mouthpiece, and the line went dead.
In her glowing description of stone throwing, she crosses the line of objectivity, becoming a mouthpiece rather than a reporter.What's Wrong With Throwing Rocks?
August 6, 2013
“The idea was patently absurd that the show was a mouthpiece for any point of view,” he said.24's Tortured, Torturing Hero
May 23, 2010
For a second, I wondered if Specter himself was on the line, covering the mouthpiece with his hand.Beware of Snarlin' Arlen
May 7, 2009
The voice was concentrated upon it by means of a mouthpiece and a diaphragm.Heroes of the Telegraph
The Professor removed his mouthpiece and cast the tube aside.
In putting it thus, I but make myself the mouthpiece of the Court.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
But those two years were not going to be wasted now—for Beth was to be his mouthpiece.The Vagrant Duke
He spoke into the mouthpiece by his head with an expressionless face.
- the part of a wind instrument into which the player blows
- the part of a telephone receiver into which a person speaks
- the part of a container forming its mouth
- a person who acts as a spokesman, as for an organization
- a publication, esp a periodical, expressing the official views of an organization
- boxing another name for gumshield
Word Origin and History for mouthpiece
also mouth-piece, 1680s, "casting fitted on an open end of a pipe, etc.," from mouth (n.) + piece (n.). Meaning "piece of a musical instrument that goes in the mouth" is from 1776. Sense of "one who speaks on behalf of others" is from 1805; in the specific sense of "lawyer" it is first found 1857.