Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “speaker”

See all translations

speaker

noun [C]

speaker noun [C] (ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT)

   /ˈspi·kər/ a piece of electrical equipment through which recorded or broadcast sound can be heard: We bought new speakers for our stereo system.

speaker noun [C] (PERSON WHO KNOWS A LANGUAGE)

   /ˈspi·kər/ someone who speaks a particular language: a French/Chinese speaker

speaker noun [C] (PERSON WHO GIVES FORMAL TALK)

   /ˈspi·kər/ a person who gives a speech at a public event: There will be three speakers at the graduation ceremony. She’s not a good public speaker.    /ˈspi·kər/ A speaker is also the person who controls the way in which business is done in an organization which makes laws, such as the US House of Representatives: the Speaker of the House

speaker noun [C] (PERSON SPEAKING)

 /ˈspi·kər/ a person who speaks or is speaking: Will the speaker please identify herself? literature /ˈspi·kər/ The speaker in a work of literature is the person who is imagined to be saying the written words, or the character who speaks a monologue (= a long speech)
(Definition of speaker from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of speaker?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “speaker” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More