orator

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noun or·a·tor \ˈȯr-ə-tər, ˈär-\

Definition of orator

  1. 1 :  one who delivers an oration <The orator delivered the funeral oration at the cathedral.>

  2. 2 :  one distinguished for skill and power as a public speaker <is a masterly orator, able to reduce a throng of thousands to a hushed silence — Raymond Bonner>

Examples of orator in a sentence

  1. <though a brilliant wordsmith, Thomas Jefferson was by his own admission an unskilled orator>

15th Century

First Known Use of orator

15th century


ORATOR Defined for English Language Learners

orator

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noun or·a·tor \ˈȯr-ə-tər, ˈär-\

Definition of orator for English Language Learners

  • : a person who makes speeches and is very good at making them


ORATOR Defined for Kids

orator

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noun or·a·tor \ˈȯr-ə-tər\

Definition of orator for Students

  1. :  a public speaker noted for skill and power in speaking



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