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.

Definitions of speaker
  1. noun
    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
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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)
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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
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    articulator
    someone who pronounces words
  2. noun
    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
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    electro-acoustic transducer
    a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa
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