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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Last year, La Cañada packed the committee gathering with 27 speakers, versus only nine from Glendale. Andrew J. Campa, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Sagebrush territory transfer petition to be voted on in October," 4 Sep. 2019 Italians are some of the fastest speakers on the planet, chattering at up to nine syllables per second. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second," 4 Sep. 2019 The ceremony will include guest speakers, patriotic music featuring local school bands and area musicians. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Remembering 9/11: Events planned throughout Broward County," 29 Aug. 2019 With the court’s blessing, the administration expanded the policy to the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border, and to any Spanish speaker, not just Central Americans. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration appears to violate law in forcing asylum seekers back to Mexico, officials warn," 28 Aug. 2019 To share knowledge in the seven pathways as a speaker, mentor, potential employer, or to join the advisory board, call Ramona High Career Specialist Marjorie White at 760-787-4024 or email her at mwhite@ramonausd.net. Ramona Sentinel, "Mentors needed to assist Career Technical Education students," 22 Aug. 2019 Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday citing the Government Accountability Office’s finding that such a use of rescissions was not legal. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump backs down from threat to cut foreign aid," 22 Aug. 2019 DJs in Kingston, the country’s capital, loaded up their trucks with powerful speakers, stereos, and stacks of records to play for partygoers who wanted to hear new sounds. Estelle Caswell, Vox, "Where Sicko Mode’s weirdest moments came from," 20 Aug. 2019 Piper's kit fixes that by including nearly everything your child needs to transform the Pi's bare circuit board into a working wood-and-acrylic computer, including a speaker, a battery, a 9-inch display, and a kid-scale mouse. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Top 3 Computers for Introducing Your Kids to Comp Sci," 20 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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