noun ven·tril·o·quism \ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm\

Definition of ventriloquism

  1. 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. 2 :  the expression of one's views and attitudes through another; especially :  such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona


play \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-əl\ adjective


play \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-ə-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of ventriloquism

ventriloqu(ist) + -ism

First Known Use: circa 1797

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