from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A part, as of a musical instrument or a telephone, that functions in or near the mouth.
  • noun Sports A rubber or flexible plastic protective device worn over the teeth, as by boxers.
  • noun Informal One, such as a spokesperson, through which views are expressed.
  • noun Slang A lawyer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In an instrument or utensil made to be inserted or applied to the mouth, the part which touches the lips or is held in the mouth, as in a musical instrument, a tobacco-pipe, cigar-holder, etc. See cut under clarinet.
  • noun One who delivers the opinions of others; one who speaks on behalf of others: as, the mouthpiece of an assembly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The part of a musical or other instrument to which the mouth is applied in using it.
  • noun An appendage to an inlet or outlet opening of a pipe or vessel, to direct or facilitate the inflow or outflow of a fluid.
  • noun One who delivers the opinion of others or of another; a spokesman.
  • noun slang A person's lawyer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A part of any device that functions in or near the mouth, especially of a telephone or musical instrument
  • noun A spokesman who speaks on behalf of someone else
  • noun slang A lawyer for the defense

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
  • noun the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly
  • noun a part that goes over or into the mouth of a person
  • noun (especially boxing) equipment that protects an athlete's mouth
  • noun an acoustic device; the part of a telephone into which a person speaks
  • noun the tube of a pipe or cigarette holder that a smoker holds in the mouth


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