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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Deliveries will be monitored, and the robots will have speakers and cameras to help navigate their routes and detect pedestrians. Jennifer Smith And Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "FedEx to Test Robot for Same-Day Delivery," 27 Feb. 2019 Other improvements for 2019 include up-firing speakers and dual far-field mics. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad T490 emphasizes display improvements in 2019 refresh," 24 Feb. 2019 But consider how popular such devices as smart speakers and connected thermostats and lights are today. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Apple Music joined Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and others already available on Echo speakers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "No Echo? No problem—Apple Music to work on other Alexa-enabled devices," 20 Dec. 2018 Fast-forward to late November, when House Democrats are on the verge of electing a new speaker and figuring out legislative priorities for 2019. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained," 26 Nov. 2018 Spokespeople for the House speaker and Senate president did not respond to requests for comment. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Baker proposes $72 million for school safety," 13 July 2018 Breakfast at Gulfstream Watch horses work out, see weekly character appearances, enjoy giveaways, prizes and guest speakers. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Decreased demand for wireless speakers and less international business drove one of Voxx’s divisions, consumer accessories, to a 28-percent drop in sales during its first quarter, which ended June 30. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Voxx hopes upcoming Nissan, Mazda deals spur growth," 11 July 2018

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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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