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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Flag Day was officially established by the proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 7 June 2019 Seiler presented Ott with a proclamation from the Notre Dame Alumni Association and a football helmet from the Shamrock game at Yankee stadium this past year. Emmett Hall,, "Cardinal Gibbons High honors principal for nearly five decades of service," 7 June 2019 Last month, Kumagai sought council approval for a proclamation that supported the city’s Pride celebration and to raise the flag. Sarah Ravani,, "Dublin City Council reverses course, will fly LGBTQ flag," 5 June 2019 In 1953, Egypt’s 148-year-old Muhammad Ali Dynasty came to an end with the overthrow of the monarchy and the proclamation of a republic., "This day in history," 17 June 2018 In 2013, City Council honored her years of work with a proclamation of appreciation. Anne Saker,, "Deborah Kay Burstion, activist for HIV and LGBTQ issues in Cincinnati, dead at age 65," 30 Jan. 2018 The president’s proclamation covers the White House as well as all federal buildings, military bases and embassies. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Orders U.S. Flag to Fly at Half-Staff Until John McCain’s Interment," 28 Aug. 2018 By order of the secretary of the Army, the promotion was backdated to May 1946, according to the proclamation read at the ceremony. Bryan Marquard,, "‘He came home and lived his life to the fullest.’ Mass. man who survived Bataan Death March dies at 99," 15 May 2018 Ever since, Newsom has been careful to stay out of Brown's lane on public policy, sticking instead to less controversial proclamations. John Myers,, "California is overflowing with lieutenant governor hopefuls — so many candidates, so few duties," 6 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

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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