or·​a·​tor | \ ˈȯr-ə-tər How to pronounce orator (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of orator

1 : one who delivers an oration The orator delivered the funeral oration at the cathedral.
2 : one distinguished for skill and power as a public speaker is a masterly orator, able to reduce a throng of thousands to a hushed silence— Raymond Bonner

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Examples of orator in a Sentence

though a brilliant wordsmith, Thomas Jefferson was by his own admission an unskilled orator
Recent Examples on the Web Beneath her business suit and professional demeanor was an inspiring orator, Celia Wcislo, a longtime Service Employees International Union official told the Globe in 1998. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2022 Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is a fashion orator from another time, when sweeping pronouncements and eccentric diktats were as important as listing colors and trends. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Mar. 2022 It was also named for Henry Highland Garnet, a minister, educator and orator who had been born into slavery in Kent County. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 5 Mar. 2022 At some point, Mr. Walker may have to face off with Mr. Warnock, an orator who holds the pulpit that once belonged to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave’, had studied and memorized classic speeches by Cicero, a Roman orator, lawyer, statesman, and philosopher. Susan Harmeling, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 As Public Enemy’s de facto leader, the rapper/ orator has witnessed hip-hop in all of its phases and iterations since his early teens. Kyle Eustice, Variety, 3 Feb. 2022 He had been considered a favorite of King Hussein’s, a more polished orator with a more academic mind than King Abdullah, and had been groomed as a teenager for the throne. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2021 When Daniel Webster, a sitting senator from Massachusetts and future secretary of state regarded as the greatest orator of his time, was hired as a freelance prosecutor, interest in the case became frenzied. Barbara Spindel, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of orator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Orator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orator. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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or·​a·​tor | \ ˈȯr-ə-tər How to pronounce orator (audio) \

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: a public speaker noted for skill and power in speaking

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