[ 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.
Origin of public-address system
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called PA system, P.A. system, p.a. system.
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British Dictionary definitions for 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, etcSometimes shortened to: PA system
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