pronunciation

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noun pro·nun·ci·a·tion \prə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən also ÷-ˌnau̇n(t)-\

Definition of pronunciation

  1. :  the act or manner of pronouncing something

pronunciational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of pronunciation in a sentence

  1. What is the correct pronunciation of his name?

  2. I haven't learned proper pronunciation of French words.

Is it 'pronunciation' or 'pronounciation'?

We’ve received quite a few letters and e-mails from correspondents asking for pronunciation help—but in some of these letters and e-mails, pronunciation is spelled pronounciation. The confusion is understandable: the verb is pronounce, so why shouldn’t the noun be pronounciation? Both the noun and verb come ultimately from the Latin verb pronuntiare. But when the Latin verb was taken into Anglo-French and later entered Middle English, that second vowel was sometimes rendered as -u- and sometimes rendered as -ou-. This meant that, from about the 1500s onward, we have evidence of both pronounciation and pronunciation in the written record. Eventually the noun standardized to pronunciation, but because of influence from pronounce, we do occasionally see pronounciation in print, and we also have evidence of a corresponding pronunciation for pronounciation (\pruh-nown-see-AY-shun\). The spelling pronounciation and the pronunciation that goes with that spelling are not considered a part of standard English. Using them could result in criticism or questioning.

Origin and Etymology of pronunciation

Middle English pronunciacion, from Anglo-French pronunciation, from Latin pronuntiation-, pronuntiatio, from pronuntiare


First Known Use: 15th century

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PRONUNCIATION Defined for English Language Learners

pronunciation

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noun pro·nun·ci·a·tion \prə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən also ÷-ˌnau̇n(t)-\

Definition of pronunciation for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which a word or name is pronounced

  • : a particular person's way of pronouncing a word or the words of a language


PRONUNCIATION Defined for Kids

pronunciation

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noun pro·nun·ci·a·tion \prə-ˌnən-sē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of pronunciation for Students

  1. :  the act or way of saying a word or words



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