Definition of oral
- oral traditions
- oral health
- an oral vaccine
She practices good oral hygiene by brushing her teeth at least twice a day.
As part of her oral examination, she had to recite the names of all the presidents.
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First Known Use: 1597See Words from the same year
: of or relating to the mouth
—used to describe a medicine that you eat or swallow
: spoken rather than written
: a test in which you answer questions by speaking rather than by writing : an oral examination
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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