or·​a·​tor ˈȯr-ə-tər How to pronounce orator (audio)
: one who delivers an oration
The orator delivered the funeral oration at the cathedral.
: one distinguished for skill and power as a public speaker
is a masterly orator, able to reduce a throng of thousands to a hushed silenceRaymond Bonner

Examples of orator in a Sentence

though a brilliant wordsmith, Thomas Jefferson was by his own admission an unskilled orator
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of orator was in the 15th century

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“Orator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orator. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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or·​a·​tor ˈȯr-ət-ər How to pronounce orator (audio)
: a public speaker noted for skill and power in speaking

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