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Definition of the noun speech

What does speech mean as a name of something?

Speech is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: speeches

  1. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
  2. (language) communication by word of mouth
  3. something spoken
    • example: he could hear them uttering merry speeches
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: utterance / vocalization = the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  4. the exchange of spoken words
    • example: they were perfectly comfortable together without speech
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: speaking / speech production = the utterance of intelligible speech
  5. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
    • examples: her speech was barren of southernisms | I detected a slight accent in his speech
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of speech: delivery / manner of speaking
    • more generic terms: expressive style / style = a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
    • more specific terms:
      • address = the manner of speaking to another individual
      • catch = a break or check in the voice
      • tongue = a manner of speaking
      • shibboleth = a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
      • tone of voice / tone = the quality of a person's voice
      • elocution = an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
      • inflection / prosody = the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
      • inflection / modulation = a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
    • part of: paralanguage / paralinguistic communication = the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings
  6. a lengthy rebuke
  7. words making up the dialogue of a play
    • example: the actor forgot his speech
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of speech: actor's line / words
    • more generic word: line = text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    • more specific words:
      • aside = a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
      • cue = an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
      • monologue = a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
      • soliloquy = a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
      • throwaway = words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis
    • part of: dialog / dialogue = the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
  8. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

Alternative definition of the noun speech


  1. [uncountable] The faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate.
  2. [countable] A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person.


Who is Speech?

Speech: Todd Thomas, better known by the stage name Speech, is an American rapper and musician. He is a member of the progressive hip hop group Arrested Development and has released a number of solo albums.


Speech is a record label.


  1. "Speech" is a book by Dawda Jawara.
    • also known as "Speech: to the Nation on the occasion of the tenth independence anniversary"
    • subject: Politics and government
  2. "Speech" is a book by Ibrahim Babangida.
  3. "Speech" is a book by John Wilson Black.
    • also known as "Speech: code, meaning, and communication"
  4. "Speech" is a book by Wilhelmina Genevava Hedde.
    • also known as "Speech: a high school textbook in speech thinking and practice"
  5. "Speech" is a book by William B. Ogden.

There are many other writings with this title.


"Speech" is an artwork by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde.


  1. "Speech" was the fourth album of the British blues-rock band Steamhammer.
  2. "Speech" is a musical album of Speech.
    • released on (19 years ago)


  1. 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, hence being polyglots. The vocal abilities that enable humans to produce speech also provide humans with the ability to sing.
    • also known as parole
  2. Speech: A speech is an oral message delivered in public.
  3. Speech is a field of study.
  4. Speech is a software.
  5. Speech is a type of public presentation.

Phrases with Speech

Phrases starting with the word Speech:

  1. speech act
  2. speech day
  3. speech-read
  4. speech organ
  5. speech sound
  6. Speech Bubble
  7. speech defect
  8. speech rhythm

Phrases ending with the word Speech:

  1. Free Speech
  2. Free-Speech
  3. Hate speech
  4. stump speech
  5. Direct speech
  6. Helium Speech
  7. phatic speech
  8. keynote speech
  9. Oblique Speech
  10. part of speech
  11. Part-of-Speech
  12. Running Speech

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Speech

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Google previewDo Ask Do Tell: Speech Is a Fundamental Right; Being Listened to Is a Privilege (2014)

Speech Is a Fundamental Right; Being Listened to Is a Privilege by Bill Boushka

Speech Is a Fundamental Right; Being Listened to Is a Privilege Bill Boushka. ban on gays in the military as it was conducted in 1993 misses much bigger points about human intentions. There are good reasons why the military ban (and ...

Google previewThe Conservative (1899)

Free speech is a lioense, or right, given to each individual member of a social compact by every other member,

Google previewThe Musical Monitor (1920)

Speech is the one mark that distinguishes man from the lower animal; it is the one instrument on which the soul plays its music; it is an organ...

Google previewAcoustics of American English Speech (1993)

A Dynamic Approach by Joseph P. Olive, Alice Greenwood, John Coleman

Speech is a uniquely human faculty. It is as much a particular...

Google previewPhoneme-Based Speech Segmentation using Hybrid Soft Computing Framework (2014)

by Mousmita Sarma, Kandarpa Kumar Sarma

Abstract Speech is a naturally occuring non-stationary signal essential not only for person-to-person communication but also is an important aspect of...

Google previewThe Utopian Human Right to Science and Culture (2014)

Toward the Philosophy of Excendence in the Postmodern Society by Dr Anna Maria Nawrot

Speech is a live expression, ethical openness to the other, a response to a call. Speech 'is the presence of the Face'.

Google previewHuman Computer Interaction Handbook (2012)

Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, Third Edition by Julie A. Jacko

While human speech is a skill we acquire early and practice frequently, getting computers to map sounds to actions and to respond appropriately with either synthesized or recorded speech is a massive programming undertaking. Because we ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (1999)

by Jeffrey Wayne Vincoli

speech articulation index (AI) originates in the larynx, which is in the upper end of the air passage to the lungs and is located behind the thyroid cartilage. The larynx, in cooperation with the mouth, throat, trachea, and lungs, works on the same ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Psychology (2004)

by T. Stuart Watson, Christopher H. Skinner

the failure to use develop- mentally expected speech sounds that are appropriate for developmental age and dialect; (b) speech that causes difficulties in academic, occupational, or social functioning; and (c) ...

Google previewLinguistics Encyclopedia (2004)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

also important inarticulatingsome speech sounds. What issometimes called the roofofthe mouthiswhat phoneticians refertoasthe teeth ridgeand the palate. It consistsof the following: (1) the front end (convextothe tongue) whichisknown ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aging and Public Health (2008)

by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

By definition, speech is the act of moving the muscles of the face and the articulators (the tongue, lips, teeth, soft palate, and glottis) in conjunction with the movement of air from the lungs over the vocal folds and out of the oral cavity to produce ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present Time (1869)

Bedinger to Brownwell by Joseph Sabin, Wilberforce Eames, R. W. Vail, John E. Molnar



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Small photo of Speech training concept. Little children doing exercises for correct pronunciation on white backgroundSmall photo of Businessman or politician making speech from behind the pulpitSmall photo of Speech training concept. Little boy doing exercises for correct pronunciation on white backgroundSmall photo of blurred of smart businessman speech, talking with microphone, gray scale toneSmall photo of School counselor during speech and language rehabilitation with small girlSmall photo of Speaker is giving a speech while the whole audience is listening to him More...

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Quotes about Speech

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. (Roland Barthes)
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Scrabble value of S1P3E1E1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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