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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Every member of the Senate voted for Prayuth except for the Senate speaker, who abstained. Washington Post, "Thai leader names new Cabinet with military colleagues," 11 July 2019 This is a smart speaker, after all, and there’s no better use for this kind of gadget than to play something worth listening to, my show about everything digital. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 Alexa skills you’ll use time and time again," 11 July 2019 Where: 5555 Hermann Park Details: $28-$30; hmns.org American Fitness Expo Event will offer celebrity speakers, live boot camps, competitions, seminars, vendors and a kids zone. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Dino Daze, A Night of Family Stargazing," 11 July 2019 Scientists found that the goats looked towards the speaker when the first recordings were played, then seemed to lose interest as the calls continued. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaad," 10 July 2019 This room also has speakers, crown molding and wood blinds. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Mountain views, access to Los Alamitos Trail enhance the ambience of this Graystone home," 10 July 2019 The agriculture scientist, community organizer and international speaker, whose hand dexterity is untroubled by an ever-present cigar and who can slip in and out of muddy boots with ease, wants to feed a nation’s hunger for a better life. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Cuban farmer feeds hunger for better way of life," 10 July 2019 The Carroll County Times will publish Religion Brief information regarding guest speakers, special music, new/retiring clergy, healing or special praise or prayer services, and other special events occurring at or being sponsored by your church. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Submit News," 9 July 2019 The Google Home mini device is on sale for $25 -- nearly half off its list price -- as are smart speakers, security cameras and doorbells. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Amazon's retail competitors primed to compete on Prime Day," 8 July 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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