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.
Recent Examples on the Web In a Facebook Live news conference, Jackson also extended his proclamation of civil emergency to the end of January. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cleveland to receive 4,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, will start vaccinations with first responders," 22 Dec. 2020 Some of the most pointed critiques came from the faith communities Stitt appealed to with his proclamation. Washington Post, "Governor resistant to mask mandate draws scathing criticism for declaring ‘day of prayer’," 3 Dec. 2020 To this point, Lincoln began his proclamation by being upfront Civil War was a grave evil. Jeffrey Peters,, "Peters: Time to reclaim Thanksgiving as a call to help those who are suffering | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 27 Nov. 2020 Bush would face stormy days ahead, but his Thanksgiving proclamation hit high notes, and just the right notes. David M. Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "Giving thanks, expressing hope: presidential wishes at Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 Lincoln issued his proclamation on Oct. 3, 1863, three months after Union Army victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and at a time in which ultimate triumph appeared in sight. Katey Psencik And David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Here's why Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November," 24 Nov. 2020 Reynolds responded with her proclamation late Monday. NBC News, "'It's not enough': Health experts say Iowa governor's new Covid order is 'weak'," 19 Nov. 2020 The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. Ineye Komonibo,, "Isaiah Washington Reignites A 13-Year-Old Grey’s Anatomy Feud With Katherine Heigl," 17 Nov. 2020 Herak, along with Council Vice President Bernie Zemen, D-1st; and Councilman Roger Sheeman, R-5th, voted to rescind his proclamation. Michelle L. Quinn,, "Disagreement over statute brings raised voices to Highland meeting," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Proclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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