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  • n. A female speaker
  • n. A female who is speaking
  • n. A female native English speaker.
  • n. The females chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives
  • n. A female making a speech to an audience


speak + -er + -ess (Wiktionary)


  • The speakeress rattled on in this strain until a late hour, saying nothing new, nothing noble, not a word that would give one maid or mother a purer or better thought.

    The Life and Work of Susan B Anthony 01

  • Why then, madam, I will take it upon me to be the speakeress, as I was amongst the foremost in attending the distressed fair.

    Vicissitudes in Genteel Life


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