proc·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce proclamation (audio) \

Definition of proclamation

1 : the action of proclaiming : the state of being proclaimed
2 : something proclaimed specifically : an official formal public announcement

Examples of proclamation in a Sentence

the proclamation of martial law The President issued a proclamation which freed the slaves.
Recent Examples on the Web The proclamation is needed so California can tap its rainy-day reserve, a key component of the state budget deal that Newsom and legislative leaders agreed to this week. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 24-25," 27 June 2020 Yakima County, which has been among the areas hardest hit by the outbreak, has even more stringent requirements under a separate proclamation issued by Inslee that also takes effect Friday. USA TODAY, "Unwanted masks, homeless count, pork processor cleared: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2020 That restarted the 42-day period required before such a proclamation can be made. Washington Post, "Congo announces end to 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak ever," 25 June 2020 Inslee also announced his plans to sign a proclamation on Wednesday ordering businesses in Yakima County to enforce the face covering rule. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Washington state to require face masks after county runs out of hospital beds," 24 June 2020 The move came the week after Republican lawmakers voted to keep in place a day commemorating Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest but remove the governor’s responsibility to sign the annual proclamation for it. Anchorage Daily News, "Amid protests for racial justice, Juneteenth celebrations get new urgency," 20 June 2020 Tucson Mayor Regina Romero signed a proclamation requiring face masks that focuses on education. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Phoenix will require masks starting Saturday. Refusing to wear a face covering could bring a $250 fine," 19 June 2020 Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed issued a proclamation encouraging Alabamians to use Juneteenth as a day for remembrance and reconciliation. Mike Cason, al, "Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed calls for reconciliation on Juneteenth," 18 June 2020 Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and announced the news of the proclamation to enslaved African Americans there. Clare Duffy, CNN, "A growing number of companies are giving employees the day off to celebrate Juneteenth," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of proclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proclamation

Middle English proclamacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin proclamation-, proclamatio, from proclamare

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3 Jul 2020

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“Proclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of proclamation

somewhat formal
: the act of saying something in a public, official, or definite way : the act of proclaiming something
: an official statement or announcement made by a person in power or by a government


proc·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce proclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of proclamation

1 : the act of making something known publicly or officially
2 : an official formal announcement


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Legal Definition of proclamation

1 : the act of proclaiming
2 : something proclaimed specifically : an official formal public announcement (as a public notice, edict, or decree) — compare declaration, executive order

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