[awr-uh-ter, or-]
a person who delivers an oration; a public speaker, especially one of great eloquence: Demosthenes was one of the great orators of ancient Greece.
Law. a plaintiff in a case in a court of equity.

1325–75; < Latin ōrātor speaker, suppliant, equivalent to ōrā(re) (see oration) + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English oratour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

oratorlike, adjective
oratorship, noun
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orator (ˈɒrətə)
1.  a public speaker, esp one versed in rhetoric
2.  a person given to lengthy or pompous speeches
3.  obsolete the claimant in a cause of action in chancery

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "one who pleads or argues for a cause," from Anglo-Fr. oratour, from O.Fr. orateur (14c.), from L. oratorem (nom. orator) "speaker," from orare "speak before a court or assembly, plead," from PIE base *or- "to pronounce a ritual formula" (cf. Skt. aryanti "they praise," Homeric Gk. are, Attic
ara "prayer," Hittite ariya- "to ask the oracle," aruwai- "to revere, worship"). Meaning "public speaker" is attested from early 15c.
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