noun el·o·cu·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən\

: the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable

Full Definition of ELOCUTION

:  a style of speaking especially in public
:  the art of effective public speaking
el·o·cu·tion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
el·o·cu·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of ELOCUTION

  1. He took lessons in elocution.
  2. <the oft-told story that he practiced elocution by learning to speak with a mouth full of pebbles>


Middle English elocucioun, from Latin elocution-, elocutio, from eloqui
First Known Use: 15th century

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ELOCUTION Defined for Kids


noun el·o·cu·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən\

Definition of ELOCUTION for Kids

:  the art of reading or speaking clearly and effectively in public

Word Root of ELOCUTION

The Latin word loquī, meaning to talk or to speak, and its form locūtus give us the roots locu and loqu. Words from the Latin loquī have something to do with talking. An eloquent speaker speaks clearly and well. Elocution is the art of speaking or reading well in public. A ventriloquist is a person who speaks so that the voice seems to come from elsewhere.


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