- The enunciation of words. Speech may be natural, as in humans talking, or artificial, as in digital speech.
- noun the ability to make intelligible sounds with the vocal cords
- noun a talk given in public
Origin & History of “speech”
Speech originated as a derivative of the late Old English verb specan, ancestor of modern English speak. It was originally used for the ‘action of speaking’ in general, or for ‘conversation’; the modern application to an ‘address delivered to an audience’ did not emerge until the 16th century.