AskDefine | Define mouthpiece

Dictionary Definition



1 a part that goes over or into the mouth of a person; "the mouthpiece of a respirator"
2 an acoustic device; the part of a telephone into which a person speaks
3 a spokesperson (as a lawyer) [syn: mouth]
4 (especially boxing) equipment that protects an athlete's mouth [syn: gumshield]
5 the tube of a pipe or cigarette holder that a smoker holds in the mouth
6 the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly [syn: embouchure]

User Contributed Dictionary



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


part of any device that functions in or near the mouth
  • Finnish: suukappale
  • French: embouchure (for a musical instrument)
  • Norwegian: munnstykke, telefonrør (telephone mouthpiece)
spokesman who speaks on behalf of someone else
  • Finnish: puhemies, edustaja, tiedottaja
  • Norwegian: talerør (colloquially, sometimes pejorative), talsmann, talsperson
lawyer for the defense

Extensive Definition

Mouthpiece usually refers to the part of an object which comes near or in contact with one's mouth during use, such as the mouthpiece of a smoking pipe, telephone or musical instrument.
It is also used figuratively and with negative connotations to indicate the role of a spokesperson or mass media venue that is used to perpetuate the views or agenda of another, as in "the newspaper became a mouthpiece for its owner's political views."
Note the following articles:
mouthpiece in Japanese: マウスピース
mouthpiece in Norwegian: Munnstykke

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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