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speaker

[spee-ker] /ˈspi kər/
noun
1.
a person who speaks.
2.
a person who speaks formally before an audience; lecturer; orator.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, the British House of Commons, or other such legislative assembly.
4.
Also called loudspeaker. an electroacoustic device, often housed in a cabinet, that is connected as a component in an audio system, its function being to make speech or music audible.
5.
a book of selections for practice in declamation.
Idioms
6.
be / not be on speakers, British, speaking (defs 9, 10).
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see speak, -er1
Related forms
speakership, noun
nonspeaker, noun

Speaker

[spee-ker] /ˈspi kər/
noun
1.
Tris(tram E.) 1888–1958, U.S. baseball player.
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Examples from the web for speaker
  • Used to attribute a statement or opinion to its author, rather than the speaker.
  • Nevertheless, he was described as an excellent teacher and eloquent speaker.
  • According to the evening standard, major has become a prolific afterdinner speaker.
  • Active subwoofers are a speaker cabinet with a builtin amplifier.
  • Total feedback a speaker has the ability to hear themselves speak.
  • This is especially so if the person is leaning away from the speaker.
  • Later it was renamed colfax after then speaker of the house schuyler colfax.
British Dictionary definitions for speaker

speaker

/ˈspiːkə/
noun
1.
a person who speaks, esp at a formal occasion
2.
Derived Forms
speakership, noun

Speaker

/ˈspiːkə/
noun
1.
the presiding officer in any of numerous legislative bodies, including the House of Commons in Britain and Canada and the House of Representatives in the US, Australia, and New Zealand
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Word Origin and History for speaker
n.

c.1300, "one who speaks," agent noun from speak (v.). First applied to "person who presides over an assembly" c.1400, from Anglo-French (late 14c.). In reference to the English Parliament, Sir Thomas de Hungerford apparently was the first.

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speaker in Technology


1. loudspeaker.
2. The person who is (assumed to be) talking.
(1996-12-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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