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.

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While Jones started as a speechwriter, he was promoted to the department's press secretary, which would've helped to prepare him for his new role working with Kensington Palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was Just Spotted at Lunch with Her New Communications Secretary," 21 Jan. 2019 The picture was later tweeted by Jim McGrath, a former speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush who now serves as his spokesman, and garnered commentary throughout the rest of the weekend. Andrew Katz, Time, "'It Was Very Natural.' The Story Behind the Viral Photo of 4 Former Presidents and First Ladies," 23 Apr. 2018 With the help of his two longtime speechwriters, Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, Rumsfeld has produced a warm bath of a book. Evan Thomas, New York Times, "Gerald Ford, President Nice Guy," 26 June 2018 Kate Losse, a former speechwriter for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the author of a book about her experiences working at the company, also took issue with the idea that the advice in Lean In was necessarily beneficial for women as a whole. Anna North, Vox, "How Facebook’s scandals are hurting Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In brand," 17 Dec. 2018 As Kudlow’s party convened, former speechwriter Darren Beattie was still fuming over his exit from the West Wing, according to a person close to him. Robert Costa, The Seattle Times, "Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home," 21 Aug. 2018 David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, had his own theory for the chain's expansion to Shanghai. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "P.F. Chang's comes to Shanghai, but can you really sell American Chinese food to the country that invented the wok?," 25 May 2018 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

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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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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