Speech meaning

spēch
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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.

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The act of speaking; expression or communication of thoughts and feelings by spoken words.
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The power or ability to speak.
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The manner of speaking.

Her lisping speech.

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The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
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The language used by a certain group of people; dialect or tongue.
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A talk or address given to an audience.
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The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
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That which is spoken; utterance, remark, statement, talk, conversation, etc.
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The study of the theory and practice of oral expression and communication.
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A style of speaking.

Her speech was soft and lilting.

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Talk; mention; rumour.
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(archaic) Rumor; report.
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The communication of thoughts and feelings by spoken words.
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(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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(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.

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Origin of speech

  • Middle English speche from Old English sprǣc, spǣc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English speche, from Old English spǣċ, sprǣċ (“speech, discourse, language"), from Proto-Germanic *sprÄ“kijō, *sprÄ“kō (“speech, language"), from Proto-Indo-European *spereg-, *spreg- (“to make a sound"). Cognate with Dutch spraak (“speech"), German Sprache (“language, speech"). More at speak.

    From Wiktionary