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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the TrendForce market intelligence firm, the outbreak will cause shipments of the smart speaker, smartwatch, smartphone, notebooks and video game console sectors to decline at double-digit rates. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economic fallout from coronavirus deepens, threatening tech, retail, auto supplies," 20 Feb. 2020 Pederson and another speaker, Roan Kattouw, said it should be applied not just to small street alterations but to streamline approvals even for larger, more controversial projects like red bus-only lanes. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Faster bus trips under Muni’s new “quick-build” policy to bypass bureaucracy," 19 Feb. 2020 As an Andra Day song plays over the loud speakers, one salty tear streaks down my cheek. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "I Tried Julianne Hough’s KINRGY & It Made Me Cry," 18 Feb. 2020 If he is found guilty, the Council speaker, Corey Johnson, said that he should be removed from office. New York Times, "A New York Councilman Faces Ethics Charges. For a Third Time.," 14 Feb. 2020 The three-day, two-night event brings speakers, workshops, tech challenges and more on various technologies. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "8 big events coming to downtown Detroit in 2020," 13 Feb. 2020 Overhead speakers lining the venue’s ceiling had his voice coming down like hail. Micah Singleton, Billboard, "Inside Dolby's 3D Sound Revolution," 13 Feb. 2020 Post-hockey, the players continued their success as bankers, businessmen, motivational speakers, coaches, a commercial pilot and an oral surgeon. John Rosengren, Washington Post, "An Olympic Hockey Hero, a Violent Crime and the Specter of Brain Trauma," 12 Feb. 2020 Lightbulbs, along with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens, baby monitors, security cameras, speakers, televisions, and thermostats have, in the past few decades, transformed from ordinary objects into conduits for the future. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of speaker

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

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The first known use of speaker was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Speaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speaker. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce speaker (audio)

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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