Definition of speech
What does the word speech mean?
part of speech: noun
Faculty of speaking; thing said, remark, as after this unlucky s. he remained silent; public address, as after-dinner, MAIDEN, s., s. for the defence, a set s. (studied, prepared); King\'s or Queen\'s s., s. from the throne, brief statement of foreign& domestic affairs& of the chief measures to be considered by Parliament, prepared by ministry& read by sovereign in person or by commission at opening of Parliament; language of a nation; sounding-quality of organ-pipe &c.; FIGURE of s.; PARTs of s.; s.-reading, deaf-mute\'s interpretation of s. by watching speaker\'s lips; s.-day, annual day for delivering prizes in schools usu. marked by recitations &c. [old English]