speak·​er | \ ˈspē-kər How to pronounce speaker (audio) \

Definition of speaker

1a : one that speaks especially : one who uses a language native speakers of French
b : one who makes a public speech
c : one who acts as a spokesperson
2 : the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly Speaker of the House of Representatives

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Other Words from speaker

speakership \ ˈspē-​kər-​ˌship How to pronounce speakership (audio) \ noun

Examples of speaker in a Sentence

I disagree with the last speaker. He is an excellent public speaker.

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The guest speaker is Scott LaFleur, director of the library and gardens. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: BMX competition will wheelie into H.B. Friday," 12 Sep. 2019 The guest speaker will be Mike Cohen of Branford and of 350CT, the Connecticut branch of a global public advocacy group that promotes awareness of critical issues relating to global warming and climate change. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 Traditionally, the speaker of the House of Commons is not a household name. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Who is British House of Commons Speaker John Bercow? And why does his resignation matter?," 10 Sep. 2019 The guest speaker was Michael Barasch, an attorney and prominent advocate for 9/11 first responders. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, "'Insane, stabbing, burning pain': Ground zero workers still battling 9/11 health problems," 10 Sep. 2019 The featured guest speaker will be Joye Jackson, vice president of strategic initiatives and programs at Member Choice Credit Union. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Katy City Council to hold public hearing on tax rate," 8 Sep. 2019 Monday’s guest speaker is Lake Mary and University of Florida grad Andy Staples, who writes for The Athletic and talks college football on SiriusXM radio. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando TD Club returns to recognize high school football players of the week," 7 Sep. 2019 Guest speaker will be Tim Daley, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument. cleveland.com, "North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce hosts Mayoral Forum Sept. 25: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 6 Sep. 2019 The company said an outdoor and portable speaker were some of the top asks from its customers. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Sonos finally introduces a portable speaker," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of speaker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of speaker

: someone who speaks a particular language
: someone who talks about something to a group of people
: the person who controls the discussions in a legislature


speak·​er | \ ˈspē-kər How to pronounce speaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of speaker

1 : a person who speaks
2 : a person who conducts a meeting


noun, often capitalized

Legal Definition of speaker

: the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly Speaker of the House

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to fake an opponent out of position

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