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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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 Porter's departure was quickly followed by David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, also accused of domestic abuse. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "FBI and White House have conflicting timelines on Rob Porter background check," 13 Feb. 2018 For former Obama presidential speechwriter David Litt, those allusions were not enough. Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "How 2018 commencement speakers talked about Trump without saying his name | Michael Smerconish," 7 June 2018 There was now an easy grace, a strength that was unafraid of softness,’’ the speechwriter Richard Goodwin, who died late last month, wrote in a 1988 account. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years after RFK’s death, legacy endures," 3 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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