spo·​ken | \ ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio) \

Definition of spoken

1 : delivered by word of mouth : oral
2 : characterized by speaking in (such) a manner used in combination soft-spokenplainspoken

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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 The ululation at the beginning gives way to the spoken word feel of the rapping and a dirge-like lamentation sequence, all against the steady beat of the parai drums. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "South Indian viral hit ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ questions caste oppression," 29 Mar. 2021 That album’s itch to escape Los Angeles bled into the writing collected last year in Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, Lana’s first book of poetry and spoken-word album. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "The Curious Case of Lana Del Rey," 19 Mar. 2021 The spoken word has become the focal point and that’s a beautiful thing. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, "Make Your Micro Wedding All About the Vows," 12 Mar. 2021 The Cultural Trail will become a series of stages with the best of the city's musicians, dancers and spoken-word performers. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to 'Swish,' the outdoor music, murals and more celebration during March Madness," 11 Mar. 2021 Instead, the spoken word artist decided to literally put his words into action. NBC News, "'AGT' winner Brandon Leake to use windfall to wipe out college debt," 8 Dec. 2020 Before the event, Ife Martin, a junior at West Bloomfield High School who’s a spoken word artist with Inside Out Literary Arts, will perform. Chalkbeat And Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Join a discussion about education in Michigan during COVID-19," 3 Dec. 2020 Soft-spoken, unfailingly polite, always eager to talk about art or long-distance running — those were Goodman’s defining characteristics. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless San Francisco artist dies just as he hits the big time with New York MoMA exhibit," 25 Sep. 2020 Understand, though, that RBG became a hero to women —including young women—not in spite of being soft-spoken, diminutive, and elderly, but because of these characteristics. Julie Cohen, Bloomberg.com, "How Ginsburg Went From Equality Trailblazer to #NotoriousRBG," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of spoken

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spoken

past participle of speak

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2 Apr 2021

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“Spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoken. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spoken

: using speech and not writing
: speaking in a specified manner


Kids Definition of spoken

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of speak


spo·​ken | \ ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoken (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : expressed in speech : oral a spoken message
2 : used in speaking the spoken language
3 : speaking in a specified manner soft-spoken

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