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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Trump has signed proclamations ordering American flags lowered for previous mass shootings: an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, schools in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas. Heidi Stevens,, "Thank you, Trump, for changing your mind and lowering the flags for Annapolis victims," 3 July 2018 The flag is flown at half-staff on federal buildings by presidential proclamation as a sign of respect after the deaths of public officials or noteworthy figures and after some mass shootings. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Capital Gazette: Trump won’t lower flags to honor shooting victims," 2 July 2018 Imposed last September by presidential proclamation, the latest version maintains limits on granting visas to travelers from five of the seven countries covered by the original executive order on travel — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. NBC News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 Flag Day was established by the proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Flag Day celebrated with East Dundee ceremony focused on remembering what the flag means," 16 June 2018 Getty Images Answer: Union Jack The Union Jack or Union Flag was created by Royal proclamation after the union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has to Pass a Test to Become a British Citizen—Would You Be Able To?," 16 May 2018 Hialeah Florida by mayor's proclamation celebrated 'Joe H. Boyd Day' on June 4, 1992 because of his activity in community theatre there., "Deaths in South Florida: 4/22," 22 Apr. 2018 New Mexico officials contend the parcel was never part of the buffer zone established by a 1907 presidential proclamation to ensure federal authorities could patrol along the southern border. Susan Montoya Bryan, Fox News, "US reviews New Mexico land boss' concerns on border access," 15 Mar. 2018 President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in November suspending asylum rights for people who try to cross into the U.S. illegally. Marko Alvarez, The Seattle Times, "Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego," 4 Dec. 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 \

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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excited commotion or publicity

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