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The role of the orator? (8,4)


I believe the answer is:

speaking part

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'the' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I cannot tell whether it can be defined by this definition.

'role of the orator?' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'role' could be 'part' (eg a part or role in a film) and 'part' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'speaking' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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