the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
"he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication(noun)
(language) communication by word of mouth
"his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
"he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
the exchange of spoken words
"they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
manner of speaking, speech, delivery(noun)
your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
"his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
lecture, speech, talking to(noun)
a lengthy rebuke
"a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
actor's line, speech, words(noun)
words making up the dialogue of a play
"the actor forgot his speech"
the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
"language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
The faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate.
A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person.
The candidate made some ambitious promises in his campaign speech.
Origin: From speche, from spæc, spræc, from sprēkijō, from spereg-. Cognate with spraak, Sprache, sprog. More at speak.
the faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking
he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation
a particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect
talk; mention; common saying
formal discourse in public; oration; harangue
ny declaration of thoughts
to make a speech; to harangue
Speech is the vocalized form of human communication. It is based upon the syntactic combination of lexicals and names that are drawn from very large vocabularies. Each spoken word is created out of the phonetic combination of a limited set of vowel and consonant speech sound units. These vocabularies, the syntax which structures them, and their set of speech sound units differ, creating the existence of many thousands of different types of mutually unintelligible human languages. Most human speakers are able to communicate in two or more of them. The vocal abilities that enable humans to produce speech also provide humans with the ability to sing. A gestural form of human communication exists for the deaf in the form of sign language. Speech in some cultures has become the basis of a written language, often one that differs in its vocabulary, syntax and phonetics from its associated spoken one, a situation called diglossia. Speech in addition to its use in communication, it is suggested by some psychologists such as Vygotsky is internally used by mental processes to enhance and organize cognition in the form of an interior monologue.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spēch, n. that which is spoken: language: the power of speaking: manner of speech, oration: any declaration of thoughts: mention: colloquy: conference.—ns. Speech′-craft, the science of language: the gift of speech; Speech′-crī′er, one who hawked the broadsides containing the dying speeches of persons executed, once common; Speech′-day, the public day at the close of a school year.—adj. Speech′ful, loquacious.—ns. Speechificā′tion, the act of making harangues; Speech′ifīer.—v.i. Speech′ify, to make speeches, harangue (implying contempt).—adj. Speech′less, destitute or deprived of the power of speech.—adv. Speech′lessly.—ns. Speech′lessness; Speech′-māk′er, one accustomed to speak in public; Speech′-māk′ing, a formal speaking before an assembly; Speech′-read′ing, the art of following spoken words by observing the speaker's lips, as taught to deaf-mutes. [A.S. spǽc, sprǽc; Ger. sprache.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Communication through a system of conventional vocal symbols.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1308
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2059
Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Nouns Frequency: #532
The numerical value of speech in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of speech in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity speech is shallow as Time.
Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.
It's a sad irony in the fact that the free speech movement was founded here and tonight, someone's free speech got shut down, it might have been hateful speech, but it's still his right to speak.
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- خِطاب, حَديث, كلام, حديث, خطبةArabic
- мо́ва, гаво́рка, прамо́ваBelarusian
- говор, реч, го́ворBulgarian
- parla, discursCatalan, Valencian
- projev, řečCzech
- рѣчь, ⱃⱑⱍⱐOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Sprache, Rede, AnspracheGerman
- λόγος, ομιλία, αγόρευσηGreek
- discurso, hablaSpanish
- صحبت, گفتار, سخن, کلام, سخنرانیPersian
- parole, discoursFrench
- urlabhra, caint, labhairt, óráidIrish
- דיבור, הַרְצָאָהHebrew
- lapawòlHaitian Creole
- ճառ, ելույթ, խոսքArmenian
- málfar, tala, mæli, framburður, mál, málhæfileiki, tal, ávarp, ræðaIcelandic
- parola, discorsoItalian
- スピーチ, 演説Japanese
- 演說, 연설Korean
- locutio, eloquiumLatin
- Sprooch, Usprooch, RiedLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pranešimas, prakalba, kalba, šnekaLithuanian
- го́вор, речMacedonian
- toespraak, speech, redevoering, spraakDutch
- tale, stemmeNorwegian
- saadNavajo, Navaho
- mowa, przemówieniePolish
- discurso, falaPortuguese
- cuvântare, discurs, vorbireRomanian
- речь, го́вор, выступле́ние, спич, дар ре́чиRussian
- gȍvōr, го̏во̄рSerbo-Croatian
- konuşma, sözTurkish
- го́вір, промо́ва, мо́ваUkrainian
- ngôn từ, lời nóiVietnamese
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