allocution

noun al·lo·cu·tion \ ˌa-lə-ˈkyü-shən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of allocution

:a formal speech; especially :an authoritative or hortatory address

Recent Examples of allocution from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'allocution.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of allocution

Latin allocution-, allocutio, from alloqui to speak to, from ad- + loqui to speak


Law Dictionary

allocution

noun al·lo·cu·tion \ ˌa-lə-ˈkyü-shən \

legal Definition of allocution

:a formal speech; especially :one made by a defendant at the time of sentencing

Origin and Etymology of allocution

Latin allocutio, from alloqui to speak to, from ad to + loqui to speak


Learn More about allocution


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up allocution? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!