oracle

noun or·a·cle \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl , ˈär- \

Definition of oracle

1 a : a person (such as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak
  • the prophecies of the Delphic oracle
  • —D. F. Marks
b : a shrine in which a deity reveals hidden knowledge or the divine purpose through such a person
c : an answer or decision given by an oracle
  • ambiguous oracles
2 a : a person giving wise or authoritative decisions or opinions
  • She became an oracle of pop culture.
b : an authoritative or wise expression or answer

Examples of oracle in a Sentence

  1. I met her long before she had become the oracle of pop culture.

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Origin and Etymology of oracle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oraculum, from orare to speak — more at oration

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Oracle

geographical name Or·a·cle \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl , ˈär- \

Definition of Oracle

unincorporated settlement north-northeast of Tucson in southern Arizona population 3686; site of a biome research facility

ORACLE Defined for English Language Learners

oracle

noun

Definition of oracle for English Language Learners

  • in ancient Greece : a person (such as a priestess) through whom a god was believed to speak

  • : the place (such as a shrine) where people went to ask questions of an oracle

  • : an answer or message given by an oracle


ORACLE Defined for Kids

oracle

noun or·a·cle \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl \

Definition of oracle for Students

1 : a person (as a priestess in ancient Greece) through whom a god is believed to speak
2 : the place where a god speaks through a person
3 : an answer given by a person through whom a god speaks


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