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[spek-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tər/
a person who is engaged in commercial or financial speculation.
a person who makes advance purchases of tickets, as to games or theatrical performances, that are likely to be in demand, for resale later at a higher price.
a person who is devoted to mental speculation.
Origin of speculator
1545-55; < Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā(rī) to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Yes, but there are lots and lots of them kings of Wall Street,” persisted Bob, who had a strong desire to become a speculator.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
  • Wherever he could get his hands on a speculator or extortioner, he shook him up.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • He was a speculator, and probably had good reason for his act.

    The Golden Slipper Anna Katharine Green
  • I no longer doubted the statement of Thompson and the speculator Smith.

  • The smaller the portions into which the speculator cuts up his building sections, the more he gets for them.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • Does not the vulgar estimate confound the philanthropist with the speculator?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • The broker makes the money and the speculator loses it, usually.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
British Dictionary definitions for speculator


a person who speculates
(NZ, rugby) an undirected kick of the ball
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for speculator

1550s, from Latin speculator, agent noun from speculari (see speculation). The financial sense is from 1778.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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