a formal speech that is made in front of an audience:
tonight's televised presidential address
SYNONYMS speech lecture • address • talk • sermon
These are all words for a talk given to an audience.
speech a formal talk given to an audience: Several people made speeches at the wedding. lecture a talk given to a group of people to tell them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course: a lecture on the Roman army; a course/series of lectures address a formal speech given to an audience: a televised presidential address
SPEECH OR ADDRESS? A speech can be given on a public or private occasion; an address is always public.
talk a fairly informal session in which somebody tells a group of people about a subject: She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China. sermon a talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to give/deliver a(n) speech/lecture/address/talk/ sermon • to preach a sermon • to attend/go to a lecture/talk • to write/prepare a(n) speech/lecture/address/talk/ sermon • a long/lengthy/brief/short speech/lecture/address/ talk/sermon • a keynote speech/lecture/address/talk • a(n) opening/closing speech/lecture/address/talk