eruc·​ta·​tion | \ i-ˌrək-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce eructation (audio) , ˌē- \

Definition of eructation

: an act or instance of belching

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for eructation


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Did you know?

Eructation is simply a fancier, and some might argue a more decorous, word for "belch." "Eructation" was borrowed from Latin in the 15th century; the verb eruct, meaning "to belch," followed in the late 16th century. Both have their source in the Latin verb eructare, which is the frequentative form of erugere, meaning "to belch or disgorge." (A frequentative form is one that denotes a repeated or recurrent action or state.) "Eructare" shares an ancestor with Greek word ereugesthai as well as Old English "rocettan," both of which also mean "to belch."

Examples of eructation in a Sentence

an enormous eructation that startled everyone within earshot
Recent Examples on the Web Cows account for another 4% of global carbon emissions in the form of methane through what scientists call eructation and flatulence, or what our kids refer to as burping and farting. Chunka Mui, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Our tent was fast filling with eructations-ode de Dinty Moore. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2020 His flacks and surrogates hand out scraps of information grudgingly, infrequently, and beclouded by fragrant eructations of doublespeak. Charles Seife, Slate Magazine, 1 Mar. 2017

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

See More

First Known Use of eructation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About eructation

Time Traveler for eructation

Time Traveler

The first known use of eructation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast About eructation

Dictionary Entries Near eructation




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for eructation

Last Updated

19 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Eructation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eructation


eruc·​ta·​tion | \ i-ˌrək-ˈtā-shən, ˌē- How to pronounce eructation (audio) \

Medical Definition of eructation

: an act or instance of belching


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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