Definition of orator in English:


Line breaks: ora¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrətə


  • 1A public speaker, especially one who is eloquent or skilled: a theatrically effective orator
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    • Lecturing to the packed Images Theatre and in a subsequent on-stage interview with the Peak, he showed himself to be a skilled orator as he challenged prevailing ideology.
    • In the years since, Atlas has carved a name for himself as one of the most eloquent orators on the sport.
    • They were skilled orators, inspired and inspiring interpreters of scripture, and miracle workers.
    speaker, public speaker, speech-maker, lecturer, declaimer, rhetorician
    informal spieler
    historical demagogue, rhetor
  • 1.1 (also public orator) An official speaking for a university on ceremonial occasions.
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    • It was, in the felicitous words of Oxford University's orator, that in his years at the Navy Office he had ‘encompassed Britain with wooden walls’.
    • Her life achievements were outlined by the university's public orator, Professor Vivian de Klerk.
    • Ascham himself taught Latin, Greek, and logic, being also university public orator, and, though seemingly always subject to health and money difficulties, sought wider responsibilities.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtɔːrɪəl/
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  • It is true - his oratorial skills are only matched by his prowess as an actor!
  • These elections will be a signal of whether he can match oratorial style with ballot box substance.
  • Mopping up the attention, he adopted his most oratorial voice to declare that people must hold the Government and the EU accountable by voting No.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French oratour, from Latin orator 'speaker, pleader'.

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