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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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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Rowe gave community members a look at the agency’s day to day operations as guest speaker during the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Forum at the Champions Emergency Services District building Aug. 22. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Secret Service agent gives tips to protect against counterfeits, ransomware," 22 Aug. 2019 Ryan spent 20 years in Congress before leaving in 2018 after three years of leading the U.S. House as speaker. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Ryan moving with his family to Washington, keeping Janesville home," 20 Aug. 2019 The House, galvanized by the governor’s proposal, elects Bryce Edgmon as speaker, ending the monthlong leadership deadlock. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Timeline: The road to this year’s budget," 20 Aug. 2019 In the years since the ordeal, Smart, now 29, has reclaimed her life as an inspirational speaker, author and advocate. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "How Jayme Closs, Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard and Others Survived Headline-Making Abductions," 19 Aug. 2019 From this initial conference, and the subsequent event in 2019 that featured Al Gore as a headline speaker, the Porto Protocol was born. Fortune, "How Portugal Became the Epicenter of Sustainability for the Wine Industry," 18 Aug. 2019 Parker was also active in the community as a speaker and active supporter of dozens of non-profits as well as community groups. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Nancy Parker, New Orleans TV anchor known for hard news with heart, dies in plane crash," 17 Aug. 2019 John Boehner is an Ohio Republican who served as a US representative (1991-2015) and as House speaker (2011-15). CNN, "America is facing a pension crisis. Retirees will pay the price if we don't act now," 14 Aug. 2019 The rally speaker was able to conclude her remarks without further incident. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Is there a constitutional right to heckle?," 5 Aug. 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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