noun or·a·cle \ˈr-ə-kəl, ˈär-\

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

Full Definition of ORACLE

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

Examples of ORACLE

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

Origin of ORACLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oraculum, from orare to speak — more at oration
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with ORACLE

ORACLE Defined for Kids


noun or·a·cle \ˈr-ə-kəl\

Definition of ORACLE for Kids

:  a person (as a priestess in ancient Greece) through whom a god is believed to speak
:  the place where a god speaks through a person
:  an answer given by a person through whom a god speaks


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