• WordNet 3.6
    • n orator a person who delivers a speech or oration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • Orator (Law) A plaintiff, or complainant, in a bill in chancery.
    • Orator A public speaker; one who delivers an oration; especially, one distinguished for his skill and power as a public speaker; one who is eloquent. "I am no orator , as Brutus is.""Some orator renowned
      In Athens or free Rome."
    • Orator (Eng. Universities) An officer who is the voice of the university upon all public occasions, who writes, reads, and records all letters of a public nature, presents, with an appropriate address, those persons on whom honorary degrees are to be conferred, and performs other like duties; -- called also public orator.
    • Orator (Law) In equity proceedings, one who prays for relief; a petitioner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orator A public speaker; one who delivers an oration; a person who pronounces a discourse publicly on some special occasion; a pleader or lawyer.
    • n orator An eloquent public speaker; one who is skilled as a speaker; an eloquent man: as, he writes and reasons well, but is no orator.
    • n orator A spokesman; an advocate; a defender; one who defends by pleading; one who argues in favor of a person or a cause.
    • n orator In law, the plaintiff or petitioner in a bill or information in chancery.
    • n orator An orationer; a petitioner; one who offers a prayer or petition.
    • n orator An officer of English universities: see the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orator or′a-tor a public speaker: a man of eloquence: a spokesman or advocate
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The passions are the only orators which always persuade.”
  • Platen
    “To speak on without saying anything has always been the greatest gift of orators.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. orare, to speak, utter. See Oration


In literature:

The prayer being ended, a Huguenot orator delivered the answer of his brethren.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
As it is, I must deliver the Salutatory oration.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
To that end he should prepare himself by the study of the Ancients, orators, poets, philosophers; Plato especially.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
The orator speaks and the man who rises to reply had better have something to say.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
As you have seen in the last chapter, Philip had one great enemy in Greece, the orator Demosthenes.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
Vigilate, et orate, orate, ut non intretis, intretis, intentationem.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
Webster was, however, the great orator of the party.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Orators make and unmake kings, but kings are seldom orators, and orators never secure thrones.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Success as a pulpit orator was assured by the charm of his voice, the magnetism of his manner.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
A finished oration is a work of art.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter

In poetry:

If all that build do build to suit
The glory of their state,
What orator, though most acute,
Can fully heaven relate?
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Another taught their babes to talk
Ere they could yet in go-carts walk:
There Alma settled in the tongue,
And orators from Athens sprung.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto II." by Matthew Prior
What! Salomon! such words from you,
Who call yourself a soldier? Well,
The Southern brother where he fell
Slept all your base oration through.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
Then came quick Wit and Conversation,
And he would needs a comfort be,
And, to be short, make an oration:
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.
"The Quip" by George Herbert
The land of poetry and mirth,
Of orators and statesmen, too,
To one more genial, ne'er gave birth,
Than when, gay Moore, it brought forth you.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
But, happily, that Winthrop stood to-day,
The patriot, scholar, orator, and sage,
To tell the meaning of this grand array
And vindicate an Age.
"Arms And The Man - The Dead Statesman" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Monument Orator, June 17, 2011.
Historian and author James L Nelson delivers the 2011 oration at the base of the Bunker Hill Monument.
Steamboat Springs — Several Steamboat Springs High School students hope to hear ovations after their orations this weekend.
It was Hitler 's singular skill as an orator that set him above his National Socialist colleagues.
Martin Luther King, Jr.s' BirthdayCelebration through orations, dance and singing.
Martin Luther King, Jr.s' BirthdayCelebration through orations, dance and singing.
Martin Luther King , Jr.s' BirthdayCelebration through orations, dance and singing.
Born in the western city of Lviv, the stronghold of Ukrainian nationalism , Tyagnybok is a skilled orator, known for his passionate speeches.
The Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology is presented in honor of Arthur W Erskine, MD, 1925 RSNA president, as a bequest from his wife, Betsy Erskine.
Obama's reputation as an orator may be overblown .
President Garfield , who came from humble beginnings, served in the Civil War and several terms as Congressman, developed a reputation as a fine orator.
In a rare image of President Lincoln at Gettysburg, he is shown hatless at the center of a crowd on the orators' platform.
As a rhetorician and orator, Cicero was without peer, but he was also a superb storyteller.
During public comment at the Monday, Aug 6 meeting, activist Don Schrader reminded attendees of the anniversary of Hiroshima with a graphic oration describing burning flesh falling off victims' bodies after the first atomic bomb was dropped.
The orators will rotate and play the parts of eight jury members present at the detainees' trials.

In science:

These are provided either by QCD lattice simulations which are a numerical solution to QCD or—at low energies—by chiral perturbation theory, the effective field theory of QCD.
Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory
Probing the position of the optical dipole trap with a single ion. (a) First the ion is moved away 300 µm from its normal posi tion to prevent any collisions with the atoms during the final evap oration stage.
An apparatus for immersing trapped ions into an ultracold gas of neutral atoms