[ awr-uh-ter, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ə tər, ˈɒr- /


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.

Origin of orator

1325–75; < Latin ōrātor speaker, suppliant, equivalent to ōrā(re) (see oration) + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English oratour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

Related forms

or·a·tor·like, adjectiveor·a·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orator


/ (ˈɒrətə) /


a public speaker, esp one versed in rhetoric
a person given to lengthy or pompous speeches
obsolete the claimant in a cause of action in chancery
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