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public speaking

the act of delivering speeches in public.
the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively.
Origin of public speaking
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The head tone is the voice of ordinary conversation and should form the basis of the public-speaking style.

    Talks on Talking Grenville Kleiser
  • This was, in a sense, the beginning of my public-speaking career.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • The public-speaking American wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  • If public-speaking means to you a fuller life, you will know no greater happiness than a well-spoken speech.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
British Dictionary definitions for public-speaking

public speaking

the art or practice of making speeches to large audiences
Derived Forms
public speaker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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