orator

noun or·a·tor \ ˈȯr-ə-tər , 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

Examples of orator in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of orator

15th century

orator Synonyms


ORATOR Defined for English Language Learners

orator

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Definition of orator for English Language Learners

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


ORATOR Defined for Kids

orator

noun or·a·tor \ ˈȯr-ə-tər \

Definition of orator for Students

:a public speaker noted for skill and power in speaking


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