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locution

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noun lo·cu·tion \lō-ˈkyü-shən\

Simple Definition of locution

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of locution

  1. 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. 2 :  style of discourse :  phraseology

Examples of locution in a sentence

  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

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