or·​a·​cle | \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl How to pronounce oracle (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of oracle

1a : 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
2a : 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

I met her long before she had become the oracle of pop culture.
Recent Examples on the Web To access it, approach the oracle in the temple by the river and answer the priestess’s three questions. Jay Martel, The New Yorker, 14 May 2022 Woods has become something of a tech industry oracle for retail investors thanks to her early and aggressive bets on disruptive technologies like EVs, and Tesla has traditionally been her top holding. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 10 May 2022 The Candy House begins in 2010 with tech oracle Bix Bouton going for a late-night walk around Manhattan. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 On April 30, hip Detroiters, led by counterculture oracle John Sinclair, organized the city’s first love-in, on Belle Isle. Gary Blonston And Susan Holmes, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 Vance’s struggles in the polling thus far have had little to do with his prospects as a conservative oracle. The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate extremist who has been elevated into an oracle of all that is good and true, demanded nothing less. Rich Lowry, National Review, 8 Mar. 2022 By 1972, he was already regarded as something of a speed-writing savant and political oracle. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2022 With their debut full-length LP Smiling With No Teeth (Ourness/AWAL), the hip-hop and funk oracle wins the Soundmerch AMP, awarded to the 2021 Australian album of the year. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oracle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for oracle

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

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“Oracle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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or·​a·​cle | \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl How to pronounce oracle (audio) \

Kids Definition of oracle

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

Oracle geographical name

Or·​a·​cle | \ ˈȯr-ə-kəl How to pronounce Oracle (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of Oracle

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


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