speech·​writ·​er | \ ˈspēch-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce speechwriter (audio) \

Definition of speechwriter

: a person who writes speeches (as for a politician)

Examples of speechwriter in a Sentence

She is the President's principal speechwriter.
Recent Examples on the Web Anthony Trendl, 55, a speechwriter who lives in Suwanee, Ga., first saw Jorōs in his backyard in June and became fascinated by their coloring. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center who was previously a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, said the conservative movement was in a long decline by the time Trump was elected. Robert O'harrow Jr., Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 The source of the text is a Sept. 28 tweet from Kyle Hooten, a former speechwriter in the Trump administration and an editor at a website called Alpha News. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Bipartisanship aside, maps that last for four or six years have certain political advantages, said David Niven, an associate professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati and former speechwriter for Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2021 Ben Rhodes,a speechwriter for Barack Obama and, from 2009 to 2017, a deputy national security adviser, is among the former president’s fiercest defenders. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 Larson was a Republican who had worked with labor issues and had been a top speechwriter for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Stephanie is married to Adam Frankel, a former Obama speechwriter, and their two children are the same ages as Psaki’s. Lizzie Widdicombe, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 Revolver News is run by former Trump speechwriter Darren Beattie, who was fired in 2018 for his appearance at a conference featuring white nationalists. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021

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First Known Use of speechwriter

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Speechwriter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speechwriter. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speechwriter

: a person whose job is to write speeches that are given by someone else (such as a politician)


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