ventriloquism

noun
ven·​tril·​o·​quism | \ ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm How to pronounce ventriloquism (audio) \

Definition of ventriloquism

1 : the production of the voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the vocal organs of the speaker
2 : the expression of one's views and attitudes through another especially : such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona

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Other Words from ventriloquism

ventriloquial \ ˌven-​trə-​ˈlō-​kwē-​əl How to pronounce ventriloquial (audio) \ adjective
ventriloquially \ ˌven-​trə-​ˈlō-​kwē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce ventriloquially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ventriloquism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fallon proceeded to show off his ventriloquism skills, giving the puppet a French accent as the pair conversed about the Tonight Show book club and, later, sang a duet with guest (and Los Espookys star) Fred Armisen. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Jimmy Fallon terrorizes Fred Armisen with that creepy Timothée Chalamet doll," 24 July 2019 Her parents weren't into her interest in ventriloquism. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Winner Darci Lynne Farmer Almost Didn't Become a Ventriloquist," 15 Aug. 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "He’s performed naked, and choreographed a GoT wedding. His Charlotte work is ... different.," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of ventriloquism

circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ventriloquism

ventriloqu(ist) + -ism

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The first known use of ventriloquism was circa 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Ventriloquism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ventriloquism. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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