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[spee-ker] /ˈspi kər/
a person who speaks.
a person who speaks formally before an audience; lecturer; orator.
(usually initial capital letter) the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, the British House of Commons, or other such legislative assembly.
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.
a book of selections for practice in declamation.
be / not be on speakers, British, speaking (defs 9, 10).
Origin of speaker
1275-1325; Middle English; see speak, -er1
Related forms
speakership, noun
nonspeaker, noun Unabridged
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  • Yet you can tell they're not native speakers of the language.
  • When scientists played the songs on underwater speakers, however, other males-not females-showed up.
  • As one put it, there was altogether too much display of the tops of heads as speakers bent over to read their prepared talks.
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  • For two hours before he arrived, the crowd listened to various other speakers.
  • Drummond's originality consists in conveying his theme through the medium of a speech not native to the speakers.
  • Part of the original material was transferred to other speakers or different occasions.
  • Each of these great speakers has unusual mannerisms that were a part of his style and image.
  • He follows his model pretty closely, but shifts the names and sometimes makes the two speakers change their parts.
  • Many departments invite guest speakers to give a talk and spend a day or two visiting as part of a seminar series.
British Dictionary definitions for speakers


a person who speaks, esp at a formal occasion
Derived Forms
speakership, noun


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 speakers



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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