- 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
- Tris(tram E.),1888–1958, U.S. baseball player.
Examples from the Web for speaker
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
At a press conference today with Scalise, Speaker Boehner again defended him.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.
Normally, 434 members (minus Michael Grimm who resigned) would vote for Speaker.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
If 29 vote for someone else, the race for speaker goes to a second ballot for the first time in almost 100 years.
That the speaker was in earnest there could be no manner of question.Weighed and Wanting
"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.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
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
- a person who speaks, esp at a formal occasion
- See loudspeaker
- 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
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.