An orator, or oratist, is a public speaker.


Recorded in English c. 1374, with a meaning of "one who pleads or argues for a cause", from Anglo-French oratour, Old French orateur (14th century), Latin orator ("speaker"), from orare ("speak before a court or assembly; plead"), derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *or- ("to pronounce a ritual formula").

The modern meaning of the word, "public speaker", is attested from c. 1430.

Other Languages
български: Оратор
català: Orador
Deutsch: Orator
Ελληνικά: Ρήτορας
español: Oratoria
Esperanto: Oratoro
français: Orateur
Հայերեն: Հռետոր
हिन्दी: वक्ता
Bahasa Indonesia: Pembicara
italiano: Oratoria
қазақша: Шешен
lietuvių: Oratorius
norsk nynorsk: Orator
polski: Orator
română: Orator
русский: Оратор
Simple English: Orator
slovenščina: Govornik
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Orator
українська: Оратор
中文: 演说家