An address is a special form of speech, which is characterized by a short duration and a thematic focus on the occasion of the meeting.

The word “address” can be used to refer to both a genre of presentation and a literary genre.

With regard to the genre of presentation, the term “address” is defined as an oral, one-sided, verbal communication of one’s own thoughts in a coherent form, formulated as prose, directed at an audience consisting of a plurality of listeners, which has a short duration and focuses on the occasion of the meeting.

With regard to the meaning of the word address as a literary genre, it is defined as a written text in the form of a prose, which is intended to serve as the basis for an oral, one-sided, verbal communication of one’s own thoughts in coherent form to an audience of a plurality of listeners, which has a short duration and focuses on the occasion of the meeting.

Persons who deliver an address are referred to as speakers, official speakers, dinner speakers or keynote speakers.

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The definition outlined above was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Glossary of Public Speaking. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.