speaker

A speaker is someone who delivers a speech or a device that makes sounds louder. The speaker gave a great speech but you couldn't hear it because the speaker was turned off.

Speaker has a few different meanings, from the person who addresses a group, to the piece of equipment that amplifies sound to someone who is fluent in a particular language. For example, a native Spanish speaker can usually tell if someone learned the language in high school because textbooks don't always include the slang and idioms of everyday speech.

Primary Meanings of speaker

1.
n
someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
2.
n
electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
Full Definitions of speaker
1

n someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)

“the speaker at commencement”
Synonyms:
talker, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer
Examples:
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Aesop
Greek author of fables (circa 620-560 BC)
Edmund Burke
British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
Marcus Tullius Cicero
a Roman statesman and orator remembered for his mastery of Latin prose (106-43 BC)
Demosthenes
Athenian statesman and orator (circa 385-322 BC)
Patrick Henry
a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799)
Isocrates
Athenian rhetorician and orator (436-338 BC)
Helen Adams Keller
United States lecturer and writer who was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months; Anne Sullivan taught her to read and write and speak; Helen Keller graduated from college and went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people (1880-1968)
Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Munchhausen
German raconteur who told preposterous stories about his adventures as a soldier and hunter; his name is now associated with any telling of exaggerated stories or winning lies (1720-1797)
Types:
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alliterator
a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
caller, caller-up, phoner, telephoner
the person initiating a telephone call
babbler, chatterbox, chatterer, magpie, prater, spouter
an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
conversationalist, conversationist, schmoozer
someone skilled at conversation
dictator
a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine
drawler
someone who speaks with a drawl
driveller, jabberer
someone whose talk is trivial drivel
ejaculator
a speaker who utters a sudden exclamation
growler
a speaker whose voice sounds like a growl
asker, enquirer, inquirer, querier, questioner
someone who asks a question
lecturer
someone who lectures professionally
lisper
a speaker who lisps
mentioner
a speaker who refers to something briefly or incidentally
motormouth
someone who talks incessantly
mumbler, murmurer, mutterer
a person who speaks softly and indistinctly
narrator, storyteller, teller
someone who tells a story
orator, public speaker, rhetorician, speechifier, speechmaker
a person who delivers a speech or oration
prattler
someone who speaks in a childish way
ranter, raver
someone who rants and raves; speaks in a violent or loud manner
reciter
someone who recites from memory
native speaker
a speaker of a particular language who has spoken that language since earliest childhood
stammerer, stutterer
someone who speaks with involuntary pauses and repetitions
stentor
a speaker with an unusually loud voice
talking head
a talker on television who talks directly into the cameras and whose upper body is all that is shown on the screen
venter
a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance
vociferator
a loud and vehement speaker (usually in protest)
voicer
a speaker who voices an opinion
wailer
a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries
whisperer
one who speaks in a whisper
informant, witness, witnesser
someone who sees an event and reports what happened
eulogist, panegyrist
an orator who delivers eulogies or panegyrics
anecdotist, raconteur
a person skilled in telling anecdotes
attestant, attester
someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something
cross-examiner, cross-questioner
someone who questions a witness carefully (especially about testimony given earlier)
deipnosophist
someone skilled at informal chitchat
elocutionist
a public speaker trained in voice production and gesture and delivery
examiner, quizzer, tester
someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
fabulist
a person who tells or invents fables
griot
a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village
haranguer
a public speaker who delivers a loud or forceful or angry speech
inquisitor, interrogator
a questioner who is excessively harsh
conversational partner, interlocutor
a person who takes part in a conversation
interviewer
a person who conducts an interview
canvasser, headcounter, poll taker, pollster
someone who conducts surveys of public opinion
spellbinder
an orator who can hold his listeners spellbound
deponent, deposer, testifier
a person who testifies or gives a deposition
tub-thumper
a noisy and vigorous or ranting public speaker
Type of:
articulator
someone who pronounces words
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n electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance

Synonyms:
loudspeaker, loudspeaker system, speaker system, speaker unit
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bullhorn, loud hailer, loud-hailer
a portable loudspeaker with built-in microphone and amplifier
intercom speaker, squawk box, squawker
the loudspeaker on an intercom or public address system
subwoofer
a loudspeaker that is designed to reproduce very low bass frequencies
tannoy
a loudspeaker
tweeter
a loudspeaker that reproduces higher audio frequency sounds
woofer
a loudspeaker that reproduces lower audio frequency sounds
Type of:
electro-acoustic transducer
a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa

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