orator

noun
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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Examples of orator in a Sentence

though a brilliant wordsmith, Thomas Jefferson was by his own admission an unskilled orator
Recent Examples on the Web Nixon the orator may have hoped for something more. BostonGlobe.com, "Fifty years ago Sunday night, President Richard M. Nixon sat in the Oval Office and delivered a nationally televised speech whose content is almost universally forgotten today, but, like so many major presidential addresses, is remembered for one phrase: “silent majority.’’," 3 Nov. 2019 The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the national contest in April in Indianapolis. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "High School students invited to compete in American Legion speech contest for scholarship money," 2 Nov. 2019 The first pours from political orators; the second winds around friends at a bar. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Is the Internet Making Writing Better?," 26 July 2019 How did these perspectives get lodged in the young orator’s brain? David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi," 14 Oct. 2019 Where the Marxist heritage, being theory-minded and principle-bound, involves the primacy of the text, right-wing despotism, being romantic and charismatic, is buoyed by the shared spell cast between an orator and his mob. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 This was the raucous atmosphere in which President Johnson, on two occasions, called for two of the enemies he most bitterly despised, the Radical Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens and the abolitionist orator Wendell Phillips, to be hanged. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Making Impeachment Matter," 21 Nov. 2019 When Gaius Verres, the governor of Sicily was on trial for extortion in 70 B.C., the orator and lawyer Cicero, acting as prosecutor, appealed to the rights inherent in citizenship to strengthen his case against the governor. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 2019 Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs. Regina Garcia Cano, Twin Cities, "Elijah Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of orator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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16 Jan 2020

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“Orator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orators. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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orator

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English Language Learners Definition of orator

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

orator

noun
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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