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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The phrase is a permanent fixture of late-night TV, when car commercials boom through your speakers at inexplicably loud volumes. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 Each speaker is designed for high quality, all weather background sound reinforcement. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace installs downtown sound system," 6 July 2018 Anker’s Soundcore Flare is as well-rounded as budget Bluetooth speakers get. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Two Republicans who were appointed as Supreme Court justices after the scandal broke, former House speaker Tim Armstead and ex-Congressman Evan Jenkins, won election to continue on the bench. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns," 13 Nov. 2018 Old-school radio is feeling the smart speaker love as well. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Sign-up This might seem a mere annoyance for a networked doorbell or speaker, but when an IoB device is involved the consequences could be much more serious. Andrea M. Matwyshyn, WSJ, "The ‘Internet of Bodies’ Is Here. Are Courts and Regulators Ready?," 12 Nov. 2018 Check out the Summit website for the full list of panels and speakers. Teen Vogue Staff, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Tickets for the Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles 2018," 9 Nov. 2018 Jordan is the outsider — a conservative ideologue, who only three years ago stood in the way of McCarthy becoming House speaker. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fight to lead House Republicans now that they’re in the minority, explained," 8 Nov. 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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