Definition of tannoy in English:


Line breaks: tan¦noy
Pronunciation: /ˈtanɔɪ


  • A type of public address system.
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    • But when we got off the plane at Heathrow on our way home we heard our names being called over the tannoy.
    • ‘This is your captain speaking,’ said a disembodied voice over the tannoy.
    • Even festive songs are being played over the tannoy.


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  • Transmit or announce over a tannoy: the news was tannoyed one afternoon
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    • Our picture producers will tannoy a warning when gruesome pictures are expected - and an e-mail will be sent out to all relevant newsdesks.
    • He has taken to tannoying terms of endearment to his publicity officer.
    • I went back in store, someone tannoyed his No plate.


1920s: contraction of tantalum alloy, which is used as a rectifier in the system.

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