a person who is engaged in commercial or financial speculation.
a person who makes advance purchases of tickets, as to games or theatrical performances, that are likely to be in demand, for resale later at a higher price.
a person who is devoted to mental speculation.

Origin of speculator

1545–55; < Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā(rī) to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor -tor
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Contemporary Examples of speculator

Historical Examples of speculator

  • I no longer doubted the statement of Thompson and the speculator Smith.

  • Does not the vulgar estimate confound the philanthropist with the speculator?

  • He had never thought of him as a speculator in building land.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • Wherever he could get his hands on a speculator or extortioner, he shook him up.

    Stories Of Georgia

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • The speculator had brought her, but had postponed her removal till she should recover.


    William Wells Brown

British Dictionary definitions for speculator



a person who speculates
NZ rugby an undirected kick of the ball
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Word Origin and History for speculator

1550s, from Latin speculator, agent noun from speculari (see speculation). The financial sense is from 1778.

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