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 beon speakers, British. speaking(defs 9, 10).

Origin of speaker

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at speak, -er1
Related formsspeak·er·ship, nounnon·speak·er, noun




Tris(tram E.),1888–1958, U.S. baseball player.
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Historical Examples of speaker

  • That the speaker was in earnest there could be no manner of question.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "As empty as an English squire, coz," cried the first speaker.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "I do suppose Blackbeard's so afraid he don't know how to see," said the first speaker.

  • Mrs. Cummings, the speaker, was no ordinary woman of Western make.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • "We are men of his company and we have news for him," returned the speaker in the sampan.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for speaker



a person who speaks, esp at a formal occasion
Derived Formsspeakership, 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 speaker

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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