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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Abbas Gallyamov, a political analyst in Moscow and a former Kremlin speechwriter, said the Kremlin probably intervened to stop growing demonstrations from turning more political or morphing into rallies against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "Russia heeds protests and drops charges against anti-corruption reporter," 11 June 2019 But among those who took notice was Jon Favreau, Obama’s former speechwriter. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump borrows language of accusers, critics in Mueller tweet," 29 May 2018 The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson, a Reagan speechwriter, provided details of the unabashed quid pro quo, outlined in a 1983 KGB memorandum. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Democrats Are the True Election Meddlers," 15 Aug. 2019 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 As a presidential speechwriter for Barack Obama in 2016, I was assigned, long before the season ended, his remarks for the Stanley Cup champions’ annual White House visit. Stephen Krupin, SI.com, "Capital Thrill: A Former Presidential Speechwriter Finally Gets to Pen His Dream Address," 11 June 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 The book, written with Clapper’s longtime speechwriter, Trey Brown, obviously benefits from his aide’s artful hand, teeing up jokes that land pages later. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "How a Former US Spy Chief Became Trump’s Fiercest Critic," 30 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

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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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