speech

noun

1
a
: the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words
b
: exchange of spoken words : conversation
2
a
: something that is spoken : utterance
b
: a usually public discourse : address
3
b
: an individual manner or style of speaking
4
: the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking

Examples of speech in a Sentence

She has to make a speech at the convention. a graduation speech about embracing future challenges I was so flustered that I momentarily lost the power of speech. Slang is used mostly in informal speech. Many words are more common in speech than in writing.
Recent Examples on the Web Here’s the outlook June 2, 2024 During his speech Wednesday, Guterres said new data show the maximum amount of CO2 the Earth’s atmosphere can take in order to limit long-term warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is around 200 billion tons. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 During the event, which was also attended by the U.K.'s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and actress Helen Mirren, Prince William delivered a speech and a touching reading from the diary of Captain Alastair Bannerman, a soldier who was part of the D-Day Landings. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 Among the evidence laid out in the report is a speech by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's social affairs advisor, Daniel Kibret, which was found to openly advocate genocide against Tigrayans. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 5 June 2024 While Biden's address isn’t a campaign speech, the undercurrent will be unavoidable. Tamara Keith, NPR, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for speech 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English speche, from Old English sprǣc, spǣc; akin to Old English sprecan to speak — more at speak

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of speech was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near speech

Cite this Entry

“Speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speech. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

speech

noun
1
: the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words
2
a
: something that is spoken
b
: a public talk
3
: a form of communication (as a language or dialect) used by a particular group
4
: the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking

Medical Definition

speech

noun
: the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words

Legal Definition

speech

noun
: words or conduct used to communicate or express a thought : expression see also commercial speech, freedom of speech, free speech, obscene, symbolic speech

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