public speaking


the act of delivering speeches in public.
the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively.

Origin of public speaking

First recorded in 1755–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for public speaking

  • 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
  • The head tone is the voice of ordinary conversation and should form the basis of the public-speaking style.

    Talks on Talking|Grenville Kleiser
  • The public-speaking American wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  • This was, in a sense, the beginning of my public-speaking career.

British Dictionary definitions for public speaking

public speaking


the art or practice of making speeches to large audiences

Derived Forms

public speaker, noun
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