Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who delivers an oration.
  • noun An eloquent and skilled public speaker.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A public speaker; one who delivers an oration; a person who pronounces a discourse publicly on some special occasion; a pleader or lawyer.
  • noun An eloquent public speaker; one who is skilled as a speaker; an eloquent man: as, he writes and reasons well, but is no orator.
  • noun A spokesman; an advocate; a defender; one who defends by pleading; one who argues in favor of a person or a cause.
  • noun In law, the plaintiff or petitioner in a bill or information in chancery.
  • noun An orationer; a petitioner; one who offers a prayer or petition.
  • noun An officer of English universities: see the quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A public speaker; one who delivers an oration; especially, one distinguished for his skill and power as a public speaker; one who is eloquent.
  • noun In equity proceedings, one who prays for relief; a petitioner.
  • noun A plaintiff, or complainant, in a bill in chancery.
  • noun (Eng. Universities) An officer who is the voice of the university upon all public occasions, who writes, reads, and records all letters of a public nature, presents, with an appropriate address, those persons on whom honorary degrees are to be conferred, and performs other like duties; -- called also public orator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who orates or delivers an oration.
  • noun A skilled and eloquent public speaker.

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

  • noun a person who delivers a speech or oration

Etymologies

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From Latin orator.

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