[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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the rationale and practice of persuasive public speaking. It is immediate in its audience relationships and reactions, but it may also have broad historical repercussions. The orator may become the voice of political or social history.

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Example sentences
The press, instead of displacing the orator, has given him a larger audience
  and enabled him to do a more extended work.
The epistles of the great orator and politician offer both personal insight and
  policy initiative.
The orator has a high reputation for eloquence and intellectual grasp.
We were looking for a strong leader and got a good orator with no principled
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