noun lo·cu·tion \lō-ˈkyü-shən\

: a particular way of using words : a word or phrase

Full Definition of LOCUTION

:  a particular form of expression or a peculiarity of phrasing; especially :  a word or expression characteristic of a region, group, or cultural level
:  style of discourse :  phraseology

Examples of LOCUTION

  1. We were taught to avoid certain locutions when speaking.
  2. <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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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