or·​a·​tor | \ ˈȯr-ə-tər How to pronounce orator (audio) , ˈär-\

Definition of orator

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

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Synonyms for orator


lecturer, speaker

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Examples of orator in a Sentence

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

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While Hemedti is not a particularly charismatic orator, the audience played its part, applauding in all the right places. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Activists were killed and women were raped. But some defiant Sudanese say their revolution isn't over yet," 20 June 2019 Sydney Mayes, a graduate of Denver School of the Arts, is a state champion orator and award-winning poet whose work has been published in several literary magazines. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "SEEN: The Owl Club Debutante Cotillion," 19 June 2019 In a popular trick for remembering speeches, dating back to ancient Greece, the orator calls to mind a familiar path through a city and attaches a segment of the speech to each location along the path. Quanta Magazine, "Brain’s Positioning System Linked to Memory," 7 Oct. 2014 Here, too, Trump’s rhetoric maintains its ties to some of America’s greatest orators. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Trump’s Great D-Day Speech," 6 June 2019 Unlike Petro, Gaitán was a legendary orator with broad popular support. Dylan Baddour, Washington Post, "For decades, Colombia battled leftist guerrillas. Now one is a leading presidential candidate.," 23 May 2018 Honors orator Namit Sambare, too, referred to memories, such as prom and when a bird got loose in the fieldhouse while the students were taking a standardized college admissions test. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale South presents 386 diplomas to class of 2018," 24 May 2018 In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 6 June 2018 Sojourner Truth, a legendary orator who had a hand disability, lit the flames of modern feminism through speeches about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of orator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of orator

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


or·​a·​tor | \ ˈȯr-ə-tər How to pronounce orator (audio) \

Kids Definition of orator

: a public speaker noted for skill and power in speaking

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