An example of speech is a conversation between two people.
An example of speech is the presidential address.
Her lisping speech.
Her speech was soft and lilting.
The candidate made some ambitious promises in his campaign speech.
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.