proc·la·ma·tion | \ ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən \

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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On Tuesday morning, press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley to tell him Trump had signed a proclamation to lower them for Annapolis as well. Heidi Stevens,, "Thank you, Trump, for changing your mind and lowering the flags for Annapolis victims," 3 July 2018 Of all the weighty decisions a president makes, signing a proclamation to lower flags to half staff is about symbolism. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump faces flag dilemma: When should it be lowered to half-staff?," 2 July 2018 Though the occasion was first celebrated on June 19 in 1910, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972 declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day forevermore, reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Father’s Day: 5 little known facts about the holiday," 17 June 2018 In 1914, President Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day., "This day in history," 9 May 2018 In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Taylor Swift 'Reputation' blasts off in Glendale; Jan Brewer pushes Trump voters to Martha McSally; new restaurants eagerly awaited," 9 May 2018 Trump signed a presidential proclamation Wednesday directing the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon to coordinate with border-state governors to post National Guard troops along the border. The Washington Post,, "Trump says he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to Mexican border," 5 Apr. 2018 The president signed a proclamation Wednesday night ordering the mission. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Trump sending National Guard to the border," 5 Apr. 2018 Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday making clear his intention to beef up security at the country's southern border, in part with National Guard forces. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Gov. Brown: 'I'll say no' if Trump orders Oregon guardsmen to Mexico border," 4 Apr. 2018

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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

: 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 \

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 \

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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