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