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Meaning of speech by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English speche, from Old English spǣċ, sprǣċ ( “speech, discourse, language” ), from Proto-Germanic *sprēkijō ( “speech” ), from Proto-Indo-European *spereg-, *spreg- ( “to make a sound” ). Cognate with Dutch spraak ( “speech” ), German Sprache ( “language, speech” ), Danish sprog ( “language” ). More at speak .


    • IPA: /ˈspiːtʃ/, X-SAMPA: /"spi:tS/
    • Rhymes: -iːtʃ


    speech ( countable and uncountable; plural: speeches )

    1. ( uncountable ) The faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate .
      It was hard to hear the sounds of his speech over the noise .
      He had a bad speech' impediment .
    2. ( countable ) A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person .
      The candidate made some ambitious promises in his campaign speech .

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Explanation of speech by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    2. a lengthy rebuke

    3. words making up the dialogue of a play

    4. the actor forgot his speech
    5. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

    6. her speech was barren of southernisms
      I detected a slight accent in his speech
    7. communication by word of mouth

    8. his speech was garbled
    9. the exchange of spoken words

    10. they were perfectly comfortable together without speech
    11. something spoken

    12. he could hear them uttering merry speeches
    13. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

    Definition of speech by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Speech n. [OE. speche, AS. spc, spr, fr. specan, sprecan, to speak; akin to D. spraak speech, OHG. sprāhha, G. sprache, Sw. sprk, Dan. sprog. See Speak.]
      1. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.

      There is none comparable to the variety of instructive expressions by speech, wherewith man alone is endowed for the communication of his thoughts. Holder.

      2. he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation.

      ☞ Speech is voice modulated by the throat, tongue, lips, etc., the modulation being accomplished by changing the form of the cavity of the mouth and nose through the action of muscles which move their walls.

      O goode God! how gentle and how kind

      Ye seemed by your speech and your visage

      The day that maked was our marriage. Chaucer.

      The acts of God . . . to human ears

      Can nort without process of speech be told. Milton.

      3. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect.

      People of a strange speech and of an hard language. Ezek. iii. 6.

      4. Talk; mention; common saying.

      The duke . . . did of me demand

      What was the speech among the Londoners

      Concerning the French journey. Shak.

      5. formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.

      The constant design of these orators, in all their speeches, was to drive some one particular point. Swift.

      6. ny declaration of thoughts.

      I. with leave of speech implored, . . . replied. Milton.

      Syn. Harangue; language; address; oration. See Harangue, and Language.

    2. Speech, v. i. & t. To make a speech; to harangue. [R.]