ch) KEY NOUN:
- The faculty or act of speaking.
- The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
- Something spoken; an utterance.
- Vocal communication; conversation.
- A talk or public address: "The best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance" (Ruth Gordon).
- A printed copy of such an address.
- One's habitual manner or style of speaking.
- The language or dialect of a nation or region: American speech.
- The sounding of a musical instrument.
- The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
- Archaic Rumor.
Middle English speche
, from Old English sprc, spc