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noun ven·tril·o·quist \ven-ˈtri-lə-kwist\

: a performer who is able to speak in a way that makes it appear that the words are being said by a large doll (called a dummy)

Full Definition of VENTRILOQUIST

:  one who uses or is skilled in ventriloquism; especially :  one who provides entertainment by using ventriloquism to carry on an apparent conversation with a hand-manipulated dummy
ven·tril·o·quis·tic \(ˌ)ven-ˌtri-lə-ˈkwis-tik\ adjective

First Known Use of VENTRILOQUIST

circa 1656
VENTRILOQUIST Defined for Kids


noun ven·tril·o·quist \ven-ˈtri-lə-kwəst\

Definition of VENTRILOQUIST for Kids

:  a person skilled in speaking in such a way that the voice seems to come from a source other than the speaker


The Latin word loquī, meaning to talk or to speak, and its form locūtus give us the roots locu and loqu. Words from the Latin loquī have something to do with talking. An eloquent speaker speaks clearly and well. Elocution is the art of speaking or reading well in public. A ventriloquist is a person who speaks so that the voice seems to come from elsewhere.


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