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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The Knights celebrated with a rally in downtown Orlando, a parade at Walt Disney World and a proclamation by Gov. Rick Scott. Bob Baum, The Seattle Times, "UCF’s championship claims die on the field at Fiesta Bowl," 1 Jan. 2019 The town's mayor, Ann Murphy, explained the mysterious parallel universe with an official proclamation: Kraft Foods had agreed to donate more than $15,000 to municipal beautification projects in exchange for the renaming. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Mayo, Florida Was Just Renamed for a Different Condiment," 24 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down a week-old presidential proclamation preventing migrants who cross illegally in between ports of entry from making asylum claims. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Border Patrol Uses Tear Gas to Disperse Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 The Trump administration argues that the executive branch has broad discretion to set requirements for asylum, and to issue presidential proclamations limiting entry — as the Supreme Court found in upholding the travel ban earlier this year. Dara Lind, Vox, "Judge stops Trump from enforcing asylum ban," 20 Nov. 2018 Rights groups question the legality of that proclamation. Marko Alvarez, The Seattle Times, "Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego," 4 Dec. 2018 The other portions of the annual statewide hunting and fishing proclamation will become effective Sept. 1. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission rescinds air gun/bow rule," 26 May 2018 This was followed by the awarding of a proclamation to R&B singer Deacon John, who talked about his 60 years on the New Orleans music scene and growing up downtown in half of a shotgun house with his parents and 11 siblings (talk about density). Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. Leada Gore,, "National Day of Prayer 2018: Call for unity highlights events; livestream, how to watch," 3 May 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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