Meaning of SPEECH in English


Pronunciation: ' sp ē ch

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English speche, from Old English spr ǣ c, sp ǣ c; akin to Old English sprecan to speak ― more at SPEAK

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words b : exchange of spoken words : CONVERSATION

2 a : something that is spoken : UTTERANCE b : a usually public discourse : ADDRESS

3 a : LANGUAGE , DIALECT b : an individual manner or style of speaking

4 : the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.