locution

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noun lo·cu·tion \ lō-ˈkyü-shən \

Definition of locution

1 :a particular form of expression or a peculiarity of phrasing; especially :a word or expression characteristic of a region, group, or cultural level
2 :style of discourse :phraseology

Examples of locution in a Sentence

  1. We were taught to avoid certain locutions when speaking.

  2. in the poet's somewhat affected locution, word order is often reversed and so we have the sea serene

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Origin and Etymology of locution

Middle English locucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin locution-, locutio, from loqui to speak

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LOCUTION Defined for English Language Learners

locution

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Definition of locution for English Language Learners

  • : a particular way of using words : a word or phrase



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