noun Etymology: Middle English speche, from Old English sprǣc, spǣc; akin to Old English sprecan to speak — more at speak Date: before 12th century 1. a. the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words b. exchange of spoken words ; conversation 2. a. something that is spoken ; utterance b. a usually public discourse ; address 3. a. language, dialect b. an individual manner or style of speaking 4. the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking

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