Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who speaks.
  • n. A spokesperson.
  • n. One who delivers a public speech.
  • n. The presiding officer of a legislative assembly.
  • n. A loudspeaker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who speaks.
  • n. Loudspeaker.
  • n. The chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • n. One who makes a speech to an audience.
  • n. A book containing passages of text for use in speeches.
  • n. The producer of a given utterance, whether actually spoken or not.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who speaks.
  • n. One who utters or pronounces a discourse; usually, one who utters a speech in public.
  • n. One who is the mouthpiece of others; especially, one who presides over, or speaks for, a delibrative assembly, preserving order and regulating the debates
  • n. A book of selections for declamation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who speaks or utters words; one who talks or converses; one who mates a speech or an address; specifically, one who engages in or practises public speaking.
  • n. A proclaimer; a publisher.
  • n. The title of the presiding officer in the British House of Commons, in the House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States, in the lower houses of State legislatures in the United States, and in British colonial legislatures; also of the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain as presiding officer of the House of Lords.
  • n. A title, and hence a general name, for a book containing selections for practice in declamation, as at school.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
  • n. someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
  • n. the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly

Etymologies

to speak + -er (Wiktionary)

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