Pronunciation: (spēch),[key] —n. 1. the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one's thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture: Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity. 2. the act of speaking: He expresses himself better in speech than in writing. 3. something that is spoken; an utterance, remark, or declaration: We waited for some speech that would indicate her true feelings. 4. a form of communication in spoken language, made by a speaker before an audience for a given purpose: a fiery speech. 5. any single utterance of an actor in the course of a play, motion picture, etc.
6. the form of utterance characteristic of a particular people or region; a language or dialect.
7. manner of speaking, as of a person: Your slovenly speech is holding back your career. 8. a field of study devoted to the theory and practice of oral communication.