Definition of orator in English:



  • 1A public speaker, especially one who is eloquent or skilled:

    ‘a theatrically effective orator’
    • ‘Both were highly effective orators, but with markedly different techniques.’
    • ‘They were skilled orators, inspired and inspiring interpreters of scripture, and miracle workers.’
    • ‘The miniature was a gift from the forty-year-old artist to her famous and frequent client, the orator and public servant Daniel Webster.’
    • ‘The prophet is a speaker, an orator, a preacher.’
    • ‘In the years since, Atlas has carved a name for himself as one of the most eloquent orators on the sport.’
    • ‘Chief Seattle, a Suquamish Indian who lived on the Puget Sound outside the city that bears his name, was a skilled diplomat and a great orator.’
    • ‘The eloquent orator far prefers to work from a few scribbled notes rather than stick to a pre-prepared speech.’
    • ‘At the UN, it doesn't matter whether you speak only French and the orator is waxing eloquent in Chinese.’
    • ‘Those French orators engaged in the real matters of public concern address the king and the great nobles either from the pulpit or in parliament.’
    • ‘Lincoln was a skilled orator, brilliant at fashioning American constitutionalism into a rhetorical sword that could save the Union.’
    • ‘It is not because one had awful speakers and the other superb orators.’
    • ‘An attractive orator and accomplished trial lawyer, Edwards can now effectively compete for the nomination.’
    • ‘A great orator and man of the theatre, Jimmy won many awards in drama festivals during the fifties and sixties, winning the best actor award on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘James Dillon in his heyday was about the only orator of modern times to match such eloquence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a skilled orator and yet a three-hour speech (not uncommon) left his listeners with memories of just a few sentences.’
    • ‘Instead, in the form of a symposium with other orators, he elaborates on the qualities of an effective speaker and an effective speech.’
    • ‘One of the Democratic Party's greatest orators argued, ‘We are not for propagating philanthropy at the point of the bayonet.’’
    • ‘Public speeches by master orators were also very popular as a performing art.’
    • ‘At that time the name was given to the professional orators, who appeared in public with great pomp and delivered declamations either prepared beforehand or improvised on the spot.’
    speaker, public speaker, speech-maker, lecturer, declaimer, rhetorician
    demagogue, rhetor
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    1. 1.1 An official speaking for a university on ceremonial occasions.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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