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.

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Speak Your Mind Take customization beyond monograms with patches, pins, and proclamations. Vogue, "12 Styling Tips to Try Now—Inspired by Fall Street Style," 28 Mar. 2019 Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson aren't shy about making public proclamations of love for each other. Dan Barna, Glamour, "VMAs 2018: Pete Davidson's Bracelet Is an Adorable Tribute to Ariana Grande," 20 Aug. 2018 Following Woponese, Wopo released Trapnese with fellow rapper Hardo, a nine track album that features 21 Savage -- a rapper whose dead-eyed nihilism serves as a nice complement to Wopo’s ecstatic, bubbly proclamations of love and war. Will Schube, Billboard, "Jimmy Wopo Would've Been Next Up in Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Rap Scene," 20 June 2018 The winner will also receive a proclamation, decorative signage, recognition on city/mayoral digital platforms, and Historical Society awards. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How can you win money and help beautify South Milwaukee? The new 'Beautification Awards'," 30 May 2018 Mayor Susan Haynie will make a proclamation alongside City Council members, and children will show off recycled fashions. Staff Report,, "Celebrate Earth Day in the Boca area with fun, eco-friendly festivities," 18 Apr. 2018 Poetry draws on a long tradition of such commemorative verse, but there’s always a risk that the result will be rigid and rhetorical, sounding like a proclamation, not an intimate voice. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Wade in the Water' is poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s most overtly political collection," 16 Apr. 2018 Dzeiak, who lives in Generations Senior Living Berea, was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Cyril Kleem, naming March 28 as Paul Dzeiak Day in Berea. Linda G. Kramer,, "Berea honors World War II Purple Heart veteran: Community Voices," 27 Mar. 2018 The proclamation about this being a perfect day for banana splits and banana slugs. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017

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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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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


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

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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