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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