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SPEAKER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Speaker mean? 

SPEAKER (noun)
  The noun SPEAKER has 3 senses:

1. someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
2. electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
3. the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly

  Familiarity information: SPEAKER used as a noun is uncommon.


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SPEAKER (noun)


Sense 1speaker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

verbalizer; verbaliser; talker; speaker; utterer

Context examples:

the speaker at commencement / an utterer of useful maxims

Hypernyms ("speaker" is a kind of...):

articulator (someone who pronounces words)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "speaker"):

native speaker (a speaker of a particular language who has spoken that language since earliest childhood)

reciter (someone who recites from memory)

ranter; raver (someone who rants and raves; speaks in a violent or loud manner)

prattler (someone who speaks in a childish way)

orator; public speaker; rhetorician; speechifier; speechmaker (a person who delivers a speech or oration)

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)

narrator; storyteller; teller (someone who tells a story)

mumbler; murmurer; mutterer (a person who speaks softly and indistinctly)

motormouth (someone who talks incessantly)

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)

informant; witness; witnesser (someone who sees an event and reports what happened)


Sense 2speaker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

loudspeaker; loudspeaker system; speaker system; speaker unit; speaker

Hypernyms ("speaker" is a kind of...):

electro-acoustic transducer (a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "speaker"):

bullhorn; 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)

tannoy (a loudspeaker)

tweeter (a loudspeaker that reproduces higher audio frequency sounds)

woofer (a loudspeaker that reproduces lower audio frequency sounds)

Holonyms ("speaker" is a part of...):

P.A.; P.A. system; PA; PA system; public address system (an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas)


Sense 3Speaker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The presiding officer of a deliberative assembly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

the leader of the majority party is the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Hypernyms ("Speaker" is a kind of...):

presiding officer (the leader of a group meeting)


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