Simple Definition of locution
: a particular way of using words : a word or phrase
Full Definition of locution
1 : a particular form of expression or a peculiarity of phrasing; especially : a word or expression characteristic of a region, group, or cultural level
2 : style of discourse : phraseology
Examples of locution in a sentence
We were taught to avoid certain locutions when speaking.
<in the poet's somewhat affected locution, word order is often reversed and so we have “the sea serene”>
Origin of locution
Middle English locucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin locution-, locutio, from loqui to speak
First Known Use: 15th century
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