Definition of oration
: an elaborate discourse (see 1discourse 3) delivered in a formal and dignified manner <She delivered an oration on the value of art in our society.> <a commencement oration> <a funeral oration>
Examples of oration in a sentence
She made an oration on the value of art in society.
<the celebrated orations of Daniel Webster in unwavering support of the federal union>
Origin and Etymology of oration
Latin oration-, oratio speech, oration, from orare to plead, speak, pray; akin to Hittite ariya- to consult an oracle and perhaps to Greek ara prayer
First Known Use: circa 1504
ORATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oration for English Language Learners
: a formal speech
ORATION Defined for Kids
Definition of oration for Students
: an important speech given on a special occasion
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