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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After Bonnen apologized Tuesday, a number of Texas lawmakers -- many of whom are close allies of the speaker -- tweeted their desire to move on from the incident, while applauding Bonnen for admitting to a mistake. Dallas News, "Texas House panel will investigate Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s alleged target list," 7 Aug. 2019 Most of the speakers voiced opposition to any form of public assistance, such as tax increment financing. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The OneNorth development in Bayside is still very unpopular with residents, despite scaled-down plans," 7 Aug. 2019 Rounding out the Tab S6 is a set of four speakers from AKG and Dolby Atmos. CNN Money, "The Galaxy Tab S6 aims to mix productivity and fun in one 10.5-inch Android tablet," 31 July 2019 The strobe lights above me are popping in time with the thundering kick drums and violent synth-bass rolling out of the speakers at 110 beats per minute. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance," 30 July 2019 At one point Thursday the sound of gunfire explodes across the field, the noise part of the rap song coming out of the enormous speakers wheeled onto the sideline. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Luck's health, love affair between Colts and fans steal show from training camp," 25 July 2019 Last year, the company launched a pair of wireless speakers designed to be used with Roku TVs. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Roku is testing its own Wi-Fi extender to improve streaming reliability," 24 July 2019 Last month, Australian authorities made the country's largest onshore methamphetamine seizure when police found 1.6 tons of drugs hidden in a shipment of stereo speakers from Thailand. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Australian man caught with $140 million of meth after crashing into parked police car," 23 July 2019 In 1986, the band played the Northwest Freedom Rally in Richland, Washington alongside a bill of racist speakers. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 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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to shake or wave menacingly

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