public-address system

[ puhb-lik-uh-dres ]

  1. 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.

Words Nearby public-address system Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use public-address system in a sentence

  • People were being ushered to nearby classrooms where they would hear the proceedings over the school's public-address system.

    The Year When Stardust Fell | Raymond F. Jones
  • He had almost forgotten the matter ten minutes later when the ship's public address system blurted loudly.

    Potential Enemy | Mack Reynolds
  • The signal had been transferred by inductance in the wall wiring and amplified over the public-address system.

British Dictionary definitions for public-address system

public-address system

  1. a system of one or more microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers for increasing the sound level of speech or music, used in auditoriums, public gatherings, etc: Sometimes shortened to: PA system

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