speaker

[spee-ker]
noun
  1. a person who speaks.
  2. a person who speaks formally before an audience; lecturer; orator.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, the British House of Commons, or other such legislative assembly.
  4. 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.
  5. a book of selections for practice in declamation.
Idioms
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for speakership

speaker

noun
  1. a person who speaks, esp at a formal occasion
  2. See loudspeaker
Derived Formsspeakership, noun

Speaker

noun
  1. 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 speakership

speaker

n.

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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