speak·er | \ˈspē-kər \

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 \ noun

Examples of speaker in a Sentence

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

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Jordan, a Republican, is a potential contender for House speaker. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Additional ex-wrestlers at Ohio State defend congressman," 10 July 2018 The caucus head, Mark Meadows, encouraged Jordan to run for House speaker to replace the departing Paul Ryan. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Rep. Jim Jordan Accused by Fourth Wrestler of Knowing of Ohio State Sexual Abuses," 5 July 2018 That’s double and triple the original price of $1,495, which was in itself a steep hill climb for a Wi-Fi speaker. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Bang & Olufsen puts five unique BeoSound 1 speakers up for auction," 3 July 2018 Conservative groups have urged him to run for speaker, and although his elevation to that post was considered unlikely, he and other Freedom Caucus members were expected to influence the selection of Mr. Ryan’s successor. Amy Harmon, New York Times, "Sexual Abuse Accusations at Ohio State Could Tar Powerful Republican," 3 July 2018 She wasn't inclined to back House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker, name-checking one of the House's most left-wing members as a better choice. David Weigel, latimes.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: How a socialist ex-bartender put a Democratic insider on ice," 27 June 2018 Paul Ryan Doomed to Finish Out Political Career in a Hell of His Own Creation Win McNamee/Getty Images Contempt for the speaker is just about the only thing on which Republicans agree anymore. Jay Willis, GQ, "Paul Ryan Doomed to Finish Out Political Career in a Hell of His Own Creation," 13 June 2018 Some of those bills were never going to pass, but dozens of others were left in limbo by the GOP fight for a new speaker. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Restoring faith after FBI probe, GOP feud? Lawmakers pass 28 proposed laws," 7 June 2018 Winfrey won't be along, but each will feature members of the magazine’s editorial team, along with guest speakers. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Oprah Winfrey will sail away on a girls' getaway cruise, then christen Holland America's new ship," 6 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 Speaker : the person who controls the discussions in a legislature


speak·er | \ˈspē-kər \

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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