oratory

noun (1)
or·a·to·ry | \ˈȯr-ə-ˌtȯr-ē, ˈär-\
plural oratories

Definition of oratory 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place of prayer especially : a private or institutional chapel The mansion contained an oratory for the family's private devotion.

2 capitalized : an Oratorian congregation, house, or church

oratory

noun (2)

Definition of oratory (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the art of speaking in public eloquently or effectively

2a : public speaking that employs oratory

b : public speaking that is characterized by the use of stock phrases and that appeals chiefly to the emotions

First Known Use of oratory

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oratory

Noun (1)

Middle English oratorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin oratorium, from Latin orare

Noun (2)

Latin oratoria, from feminine of oratorius oratorical, from orare

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oratory

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or·a·to·ry | \ˈȯr-ə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Kids Definition of oratory

1 : the art of making speeches

2 : the style of language used in important speeches

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