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English definition of “speech”

speech

noun [C] (FORMAL TALK)    /spiːtʃ/
B2 a formal talk given usually to a large number of people on a special occasion : I had to give/make a speech at my brother's wedding . The Governor of New York delivered a rousing speech to the national convention . He gave the after-dinner speech (= a talk given after a formal evening meal at which a large number of people are present ). Did you hear her acceptance speech at the Oscars ceremony ? → See also speakLecturing and addressing
(Definition of speech noun (FORMAL TALK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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