- 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
Examples from the Web for speakership
After the midterm defeat that year, John Boehner conducted his own reinvention of the Speakership.The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
March 25, 2014
But caving in the current standoff could cost Boehner his speakership anyway.Dems, Seize the Moment and Negotiate Now
October 7, 2013
Of course, this risks a rebellion in the far right of his caucus, which would likely cost him the speakership.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment
October 4, 2013
They can go to the mat for him with donors and insiders and pull every string they can to wire a speakership vote.
We are at the point where Boehner should plainly be willing to give up the speakership if it comes to that.
Winterton (who is training for Speakership and has them all by heart).
There was no doubt about the issue of the election to the Speakership.Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)
The Duke of Buckingham
That's the reason the speakership becomes such a terrible struggle.A Spoil of Office
In 1838 and 1840, he was again elected and received the vote of his party for the speakership.Life of Abraham Lincoln
Barron was always sanguine, but the vote on the Speakership could not but alarm them.Endymion
- 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 speakership
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.