speech·​writ·​er | \ˈspēch-ˌrī-tər \

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.

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An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Hedges plays a 20-something speechwriter trying to cope with his once-vibrant grandmother’s mental deterioration. Adam Green, Vogue, "With a Bushel of New Film Roles—and a Broadway Debut—Lucas Hedges Is Learning to Love the Spotlight," 24 Sep. 2018 Besides serving as President Reagan's senior speechwriter, and then as a leading Reagan-conservative voice in Congress, his service to our beach communities has been unparalleled. Michelle Steel, latimes.com, "Dana Rohrabacher’s conservative track record is as consistent as it is long," 23 May 2018 Favreau, 36, who was Obama’s head speechwriter, grew up in North Reading and went to the College of the Holy Cross. Meghan Barr, BostonGlobe.com, "Pod Save America’s hosts on the year’s best scandal so far, Mass. political stars to watch, and the Rush Limbaugh comparison," 8 May 2018 Bill Whalen, a Hoover Institution research fellow and former speechwriter for Gov. Pete Wilson, noted that despite the stakes in Sacramento, most Assembly and Senate primary contests are quiet affairs that voters ignore. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Democrats look to make GOP irrelevant again in California Legislature," 1 June 2018 Shin Dong-ho, a student activist and poet, is Mr. Moon’s speechwriter. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "From Prison to the President’s Office: A Former Radical Helps Shape Korean Detente," 24 Apr. 2018 The committee also lost its coalition director, its general counsel, a speechwriter and several communications aides to lobbying groups like the Chamber of Commerce or to jobs in government affairs at companies like Microsoft and MGM International. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Government Work Done, Tax Policy Writers Decamp to Lobbying Jobs," 8 July 2018 His career in public service was launched three years later, when Bowles -- by then the US ambassador to India -- invited him to work as a speechwriter and assistant in New Delhi. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Former NPR head helped save ailing radio network," 15 June 2018 And Rohrabacher, the former Ronald Reagan speechwriter, has represented California’s 48th District since 1988. Tara Golshan, Vox, "In California, Democrats might have blown their shot against “Putin’s favorite congressman”," 1 June 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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

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