public-address system

[ puhb-lik-uh-dres ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs /

noun

a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors.

Nearby words

  1. public transport,
  2. public utility,
  3. public works,
  4. public works administration,
  5. public-access television,
  6. public-interest group,
  7. public-interest law,
  8. public-liability insurance,
  9. public-opinion poll,
  10. public-service corporation

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

public-address system

noun

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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