Simple Definition of oration
: a formal speech
Full Definition of oration
: an elaborate discourse delivered in a formal and dignified manner
Examples of oration in a sentence
She made an oration on the value of art in society.
<the celebrated orations of Daniel Webster in unwavering support of the federal union>
Origin and Etymology of oration
Latin oration-, oratio speech, oration, from orare to plead, speak, pray; akin to Hittite ariya- to consult an oracle and perhaps to Greek ara prayer
First Known Use: 1502
ORATION Defined for Kids
Definition of oration for Students
: an important speech given on a special occasion
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