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 Dolan served eight years as a speechwriter for President Reagan, reaching the position of Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting. Casey B. Mulligan, National Review, "‘I am a Tariff Man’: Comparing Presidents Reagan and Trump," 19 Oct. 2020 Salter began working for the senator from Arizona as a speechwriter in 1989, served as his chief of staff from 1992 until the conclusion of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, then continued on as his adviser and co-author. Geoffrey Kabaservice, Washington Post, "A moving portrait of John McCain, in all his contradictions," 16 Oct. 2020 Niven, a University of Cincinnati political science professor and former speechwriter for Democratic ex-Gov. cleveland, "Federal judge nixes Frank LaRose’s Ohio ballot drop box limit: Capitol Letter," 9 Oct. 2020 Bangstad has worked as a consultant to blue-chip tech companies, an opera singer and a speechwriter for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giant Biden campaign signs ignites controversy for Minocqua Brewing Company owner," 7 Oct. 2020 Also testing positive Tuesday was Miller, a top policy adviser and Trump speechwriter, who has been an architect of the president’s restrictive immigration measures. Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "Trump reports 'no symptoms,' returns to downplaying virus," 7 Oct. 2020 The group sat around a long table, with a vacant seat between Stephen Miller, the president’s speechwriter and top domestic policy adviser, and Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, who led the preparations. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "The Busy Week When the President Met the Virus," 2 Oct. 2020 Earlier this month, the Biden-Harris campaign named Delaware State University President Tony Allen -- formerly a speechwriter in Biden's Senate office -- to its transition team advisory council. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Biden said he was a student at Delaware State University; school says otherwise," 26 Sep. 2020 There is historical precedent, as American Enterprise Institute fellow and former speechwriter for George W. Bush Marc Thiessen pointed out on Twitter, for Republicans to fill the seat so close to an election. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'Over our dead bodies': Liberals threaten to 'burn it all down' if GOP replace Ginsburg before Election Day," 19 Sep. 2020

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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