pro·​nounce·​ment | \ prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s-mənt How to pronounce pronouncement (audio) \

Definition of pronouncement

1 : a usually formal declaration of opinion
2 : an authoritative announcement

Examples of pronouncement in a Sentence

He made some important pronouncements on government policy.
Recent Examples on the Web Biden used a presidential proclamation to make the pronouncement. Aamer Madhani, Time, "President Biden Recognizes Atrocities Against Armenians as Genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 Pundits like Williamson mock Biden for listing broadband access as crucial infrastructure, but that’s a pronouncement from a privileged rooftop. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jeff Bezos likes Biden’s infrastructure plan because he knows it’s worth the money," 7 Apr. 2021 The pronouncement came after health authorities sequenced all the positive samples nationwide from one day. Karel Janicek, Star Tribune, "Slovakia sees virus deaths soar, blames variant found in UK," 16 Feb. 2021 Tesla’s new factory in Austin will need 10,000 hires through 2022, double the previous pronouncement, Musk said Wednesday on Twitter. Fortune, "Musk doubles hiring goal to 10,000 at Tesla’s Austin factory," 31 Mar. 2021 The altered line sounds like the kind of sniffy pronouncement that might have issued from an earlier Leigh heroine, Scarlett O’Hara. Globe Staff,, "The play’s the thing? Not always on screen it isn’t," 18 Mar. 2021 That pronouncement puts Phelan at odds with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate, which have deemed the decision a mistake. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas House speaker: No ‘error’ in ERCOT’s $16 billion charges; decision may have saved lives," 16 Mar. 2021 Before this pronouncement, any trade or business owned 20% or more by a delinquent student loan borrower could be determined ineligible for PPP loan assistance. Alan Gassman, Forbes, "Delinquent Student And Non Fraud Past Felons Can Now Receive PPP Loans," 4 Mar. 2021 Swartzberg said while the CDC pronouncement means small group gatherings are safer, other factors like the amount of virus circulating in a community have to be taken into account. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "New CDC guidelines won't see Bay Area offices open doors just yet," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of pronouncement

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Pronouncement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pronouncement

formal : an official public statement


pro·​nounce·​ment | \ prə-ˈnau̇ns-mənt How to pronounce pronouncement (audio) \

Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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