speaker

noun
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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On Wednesday, Corey Johnson, the speaker of the City Council, unveiled a package of bills aimed at preventing that from happening again. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "Facing Ruin, Taxi Drivers to Get $10 Million Break and Loan Safeguards," 12 June 2019 The ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel is short and wide, which meant that most Democrats saw the distant speakers on giant TV screens. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 11 June 2019 The speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament has raised concerns about a drug dealing case against a prominent investigative journalist. Fox News, "Russian parliament speaker concerned about journalist's case," 11 June 2019 The speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament has raised concerns about a drug dealing case against a prominent investigative journalist. Washington Post, "Russian parliament speaker concerned about journalist’s case," 11 June 2019 The campaign was coordinated in part by the Cornerstone Group, whose Illinois office is run by Will Cousineau, a former Madigan political director who served on the speaker’s staff for 18 years before leaving in June 2017. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 The speaker of the house was asked to detail what had been accomplished in the first 100 days? Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Buy-in needed for education goal; Underperforming legislators; Remember the Allies too; Tough tariff stance is right (6/10/19)," 10 June 2019 After a Warriors practice during the first round, Green was the last player on the court, shooting, with loud music blaring from the speakers. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors have carried a heavy load from the very start of this season," 9 June 2019 Geary, as its director, follows the lead of the House speaker and the Senate president. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s governor is considering a Mat-Su middle school for a special legislative session. Lawmakers aren’t fans.," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of speaker

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

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speaker

noun

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

speaker

noun
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

speaker

noun, often capitalized
speak·​er

Legal Definition of speaker

: the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly Speaker of the House

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