1. 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. --Shak.
Some orator renowned
In Athens or free Rome. --Milton.
2. Law (a) In equity proceedings, one who prays for relief; a petitioner. (b) A plaintiff, or complainant, in a bill in chancery.
3. 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.
n : a person who delivers a speech or oration [syn: speechmaker,
rhetorician, public speaker, speechifier]