Meaning of “speech” - Learner’s Dictionary

speech

noun uk us /spiːtʃ/
SAY WORDS [ U ]

B1 someone's ability to talk, or an example of someone talking:

His speech was very slow and difficult to understand.
These changes can be seen in both speech and writing.
PUBLIC TALK [ C ]

B2 a formal talk that someone gives to a group of people:

I had to make a speech at my brother's wedding.
free speech/freedom of speech

the right to say or write what you want

→ See also figure of speech , reported speech

(Definition of “speech” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)