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 speaker (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 Spotify also is working with speaker makers to make the improved sound available through Spotify Connect, which lets play Spotify wirelessly on other devices. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Spotify will launch higher-quality, high fidelity audio option called Spotify HiFi later this year," 23 Feb. 2021 The Sony Shake Audio System is the best home stereo system for a top-tier home speaker replacement. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a blown speaker," 22 Feb. 2021 And if Congress fails to choose either a president or a vice president, the House speaker would become acting president on Jan. 20. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "The 12th Amendment’s Dangerous Defect," 22 Feb. 2021 Luker received an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the University of Montevallo in 2010, and served as its commencement speaker that year. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Rebecca Luker’s name to grace the stage at her alma mater in Alabama," 20 Feb. 2021 Mousavi, who ended up coming in second per official numbers, is a former prime minister and Karroubi is a cleric and former Parliament speaker. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "Iran's Khamenei, 'deep state' keeping presidential candidates locked up for 10 years, ex-diplomat says," 19 Feb. 2021 Since the start of the pandemic, GenderQ has grown from around seven members to over 35, with more trans and nonbinary students turning to its video meetings, private chatrooms, virtual panels and remote speaker events. NBC News, "'Togetherness in a virtual space': LGBTQ students create community online," 19 Feb. 2021 The same goes for upgrading an existing speaker system, which could require soundproofing on the ceiling. Kaitlin Peterson, House Beautiful, "The Unique Challenges of Renovating in a High-Rise," 19 Feb. 2021 The phone also had other modular accessories, including a speaker and high-quality zoom camera. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Running out of iPhone battery? You may soon be able to slap on a new one," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of speaker

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

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26 Feb 2021

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“Speaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speaker. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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