- Speech is communication through talking or a talk given to an audience.
- An example of speech is a conversation between two people.
- An example of speech is the presidential address.
- the act of speaking; expression or communication of thoughts and feelings by spoken words
- the power or ability to speak
- the manner of speaking: her lisping speech
- that which is spoken; utterance, remark, statement, talk, conversation, etc.
- a talk or address given to an audience
- the language used by a certain group of people; dialect or tongue
- the study of the theory and practice of oral expression and communication
- Archaic rumor; report
Origin of speechMiddle English speche ; from Old English spæc, spræc ; from base of sprecan, to speak: see speak
- a. The faculty or act of speaking.b. The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
- a. What is spoken or expressed, as in conversation; uttered or written words: seditious speech.b. A talk or public address, or a written copy of this: The senator gave a speech.
- a. The language or dialect of a nation or region: American speech.b. One's manner or style of speaking: the mayor's mumbling speech.
- The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
Origin of speechMiddle English speche, from Old English spr&aemac;c, sp&aemac;c.
(countable and uncountable, plural speeches)
- (uncountable) The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; 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.
- (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.
- A style of speaking.
- Her speech was soft and lilting.
- A dialect or language.
- Talk; mention; rumour.
From Middle English speche, from Old English spÇ£Ä‹, sprÇ£Ä‹ (â€œspeech, discourse, languageâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sprÄ“kijÅ, *sprÄ“kÅ (â€œspeech, languageâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *spereg-, *spreg- (â€œto make a soundâ€). Cognate with Dutch spraak (â€œspeechâ€), German Sprache (â€œlanguage, speechâ€). More at speak.
speech - Computer Definition
The communication of thoughts and feelings by spoken words.