spoken

adjective

spo·​ken ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio)
1
: delivered by word of mouth : oral
2
: characterized by speaking in (such) a manner
used in combination
soft-spoken
plainspoken

Examples of spoken in a Sentence

a spoken agreement is too easily broken a politician who knows the power of the spoken word
Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, Burnett won a Grammy for best spoken word album for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem & Fun in the Sandbox. Paul Grein, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2024 The spoken interludes on the album bring in Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Linda Martell—the first Black woman to have sung at the Grand Ole Opry. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 The spoken and unspoken risks of not meeting these targets include public scrutiny or penalties/taxes that result in the encroachment of enterprise value. Dasha Shunina, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Power is hidden by nature, only coming to light through spoken rituals. Ben Croll, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 Though filmed in Vancouver, the vast majority of Shōgun’s spoken lines are in Japanese, delivered by an almost exclusively Japanese cast. Geoffrey Bunting, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 The adaptation features every song from the original score, with intermittent spoken dialogue. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2024 Whether recollections of racial animus or confessions of desire, the spoken words with which Pigossi and Bland are saddled echo an amateurish high school stage productions. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 9 Mar. 2024 The conference will open with a spoken word performance by Brianna West, author of The Pivot Year, followed by an interview. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

past participle of speak

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoken was in 1560

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“Spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoken. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

spoken

adjective
spo·​ken ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio)
1
: given by or using speech
a spoken message
the spoken language
2
: speaking in a specified manner
soft-spoken
plainspoken

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