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oracle

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noun or·a·cle \ˈȯr-ə-kəl, ˈär-\

Simple Definition of oracle

  • in ancient Greece : a person (such as a priestess) through whom a god was believed to speak

  • : the place (such as a shrine) where people went to ask questions of an oracle

  • : an answer or message given by an oracle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oracle

  1. 1 a :  a person (as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak b :  a shrine in which a deity reveals hidden knowledge or the divine purpose through such a person c :  an answer or decision given by an oracle

  2. 2 a :  a person giving wise or authoritative decisions or opinions b :  an authoritative or wise expression or answer

Examples of oracle in a sentence

  1. I met her long before she had become the oracle of pop culture.



Origin and Etymology of oracle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oraculum, from orare to speak — more at oration


First Known Use: 15th century

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ORACLE Defined for Kids

oracle

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noun or·a·cle \ˈȯr-ə-kəl\

Definition of oracle for Students

  1. 1 :  a person (as a priestess in ancient Greece) through whom a god is believed to speak

  2. 2 :  the place where a god speaks through a person

  3. 3 :  an answer given by a person through whom a god speaks





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