public speaking


: the act or process of making speeches in public
: the art of effective oral communication with an audience

Examples of public speaking in a Sentence

He has a fear of public speaking. She has a gift for public speaking. a book on public speaking
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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of public speaking was in 1759

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“Public speaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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