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From Middle English speker, spekere, an alteration (with change of suffix) of Old English speca, spreca (speaker), from Proto-Germanic *sprekô (speaker), equivalent to speak +‎ -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Spreeker (speaker), West Frisian sprekker (speaker), Dutch spreker (speaker), German Low German Spreker (speaker), German Sprecher (speaker).

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speaker (plural speakers)

  1. One who speaks.
    • 1989, R. Norman Whybray, Ecclesiastes, A&C Black (→ISBN), page 15:
      This title is derived from the first verse of the book (1.1), which is a heading or colophon informing the reader who this Qoheleth was: he was the author of the book, or at least the speaker of the words which are contained in it ...
  2. Loudspeaker.
  3. Speakerphone.
  4. (politics) The chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives.
  5. One who makes a speech to an audience.
    The company hired a motivational speaker to boost morale.
  6. (US) A book containing passages of text for use in speeches.
  7. (especially in linguistics) The producer of a given utterance (text, etc), whether actually spoken or e.g. written.
    • 2002, Merlin Donald, A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness, W. W. Norton & Company (→ISBN), page 242:
      The speaker spelled out the words to be communicated, letter by letter, while the reader's hand read the speaker's message. In its original form the hand alphabet assumed that both speaker and reader could already speak and spell the words ...
  8. (music) A key on a woodwind instrument of the clarinet family (cf octave key on other instruments) which induces the instrument to overblow.

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Brunei MalayEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English speaker.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /spikə/
  • Hyphenation: spea‧ker

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speaker

  1. (colloquial) loudspeaker

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English speaker.

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speaker m (plural speakers, feminine speakerine)

  1. announcer
  2. speaker (in parliament)

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English speaker.

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speaker m (invariable)

  1. announcer, commentator (radio, TV)
  2. speaker (parliamentary)

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speaker m or f (plural speakers or speaker)

  1. speaker (in parliament)