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noun ora·tion \ə-ˈrā-shən, ȯ-\

Definition of oration

  1. :  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

  1. She made an oration on the value of art in society.

  2. the celebrated orations of Daniel Webster in unwavering support of the federal union

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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

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Definition of oration for English Language Learners

  • : a formal speech


ORATION Defined for Kids

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noun ora·tion \ə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of oration for Students

  1. :  an important speech given on a special occasion



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