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
We were taught to avoid certain locutions when speaking.
in the poet's somewhat affected locution, word order is often reversed and so we have “the sea serene”
Recent Examples of locution from the Web
A few contemporary locutions and interpolations — most courtesy of Abbott's mischievous Touchstone — come into play.
WASHINGTON — As attack dogs go, Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, is more labradoodle than Doberman, his partisanship disguised by a thick fur of intense preparation, modulated locution and gentle accusations.
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Origin and Etymology of locution
Middle English locucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin locution-, locutio, from loqui to speak
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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