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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Polis is preparing a proclamation that will recognize Sept. 30, 2019, as Dino’s Italian Food Day in the state. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "The final days of Dino’s Italian Food are so busy that it will shorten its schedule," 15 Aug. 2019 After the conference, Albert said, proclamations were issued by the majority of local mayors and city councils throughout the county, stating that their cities would honor and respect all people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Week of interfaith dialogue to kick off Sunday," 6 Aug. 2019 From glowing hushes to powerful proclamations, the singing was finely focused, tautly tuned and eloquently expressive. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 The mayor’s proclamation does give the municipality the flexibility to free up its own allotted funds, Falsey said. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage declares civil emergency over budget vetoes," 25 July 2019 The emergency proclamation grants the governor additional police powers and the authority to call in the National Guard. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Beshear said on Saturday that Bevin’s proclamation calling lawmakers into special session unconstitutionally restricted the legislature’s powers by forcing it to consider only Bevin’s bill. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Republican majorities pass Bevin's pension bill, special session ends," 23 July 2019 Following the battle in which Galacto was assisted by the other superheroes, Johnson and Lightfoot held a news conference thanking Finnegan for saving the city and giving him a special proclamation. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "'Galacto' saves the day! Make-A-Wish superhero credited with protecting Chicago from evildoers," 9 June 2019 The proclamation in January of an independent Ukrainian church was a hammer-blow to that pan-Slavic concept. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Vladimir Putin took an atheist to an ancient monastery," 21 July 2019

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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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