[ spek-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. speculate,
  2. speculation,
  3. speculative,
  4. speculative fiction,
  5. speculative philosophy,
  6. speculum,
  7. speculum forceps,
  8. speculum metal,
  9. sped,
  10. spee

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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British Dictionary definitions for speculator


/ (ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪtə) /


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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