elocution

noun el·o·cu·tion \ ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən \

Definition of elocution

1 : a style of speaking especially in public
2 : the art of effective public speaking

elocutionary

play \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

elocutionist

play \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of elocution in a Sentence

  1. He took lessons in elocution.

  2. the oft-told story that he practiced elocution by learning to speak with a mouth full of pebbles

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Origin and Etymology of elocution

Middle English elocucioun, from Latin elocution-, elocutio, from eloqui

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ELOCUTION Defined for English Language Learners

elocution

noun

Definition of elocution for English Language Learners

  • : the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable


ELOCUTION Defined for Kids

elocution

noun el·o·cu·tion \ ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən \

Definition of elocution for Students

: the art of reading or speaking clearly and effectively in public

Word Root of elocution

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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