murmuration

noun mur·mur·a·tion \ˌmərməˈrāshən\

Definition of murmuration

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  the act of murmuring :  the utterance of low continuous sounds or complaining noises the murmuration of the crowds — A. E. Richardson ceaseless, inarticulate murmuration of prayer — Frederic Prokosch

  2. 2 of starlings :  flock in the stackyard there was a great murmuration of starlings — Mary Webb

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of murmuration

Middle English murmuracioun, from Middle French murmuration, from Latin murmuration-, murmuratio, from murmuratus (past participle of murmurare) + -ion-, -io -ion


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!