utterance

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noun (1)

ut·​ter·​ance ˈə-tə-rən(t)s How to pronounce utterance (audio)
 also  ˈə-trən(t)s
1
: something uttered
especially : an oral or written statement : a stated or published expression
2
: vocal expression : speech
3
: power, style, or manner of speaking

utterance

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noun (2)

ut·​ter·​ance ˈə-tə-rən(t)s How to pronounce utterance (audio)
ˈə-trən(t)s
archaic
: the last extremity : bitter end

Examples of utterance in a Sentence

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Noun
In the era of streaming and social media, Beyoncé knows that her every public appearance and utterance will be scrutinized, commented on, cross-referenced, circulated as clickbait and hot-taked in both good faith and bad. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Semantic ambiguity means that any utterance is subject to a wide array of interpretations. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 These adorable utterances probably won't make much sense but may imitate the rhythms of speech. Parents Editors, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 While often the utterances of older, male bosses, these jibes may also come from women leaders who waded through waves of misogyny to advance in their careers. Paul Sullivan, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Trump’s threat against NATO allies that underspend on defense was just his latest utterance to cause anxiety in Kyiv. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 And in 2019, a study in Scientific Reports came to the same conclusion, adding that the creatures also use vocal cues to distinguish between people’s utterances. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Such public utterances against Myanmar’s powerful junta leader and the chief of its armed forces would have been unthinkable just a few months ago. Reuters, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Journalists would debate, report on, and fact-check his every utterance. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

Middle English outraunce, uttraunce, from Middle French outrance, from outrer to go beyond — more at outré

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of utterance was in the 15th century

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“Utterance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utterance. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

utterance

noun
ut·​ter·​ance
ˈət-ə-rən(t)s
1
: something uttered
especially : an oral or written statement
2
: the action of uttering with the voice : speech
3
: power, style, or manner of speaking

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