: with the speaking voice in a way that can be clearly heard
She read the story aloud.
archaic : in a loud manner : loudly

Examples of aloud in a Sentence

the mischievous teacher likes to call on the sleepiest-looking students to read aloud from the textbook
Recent Examples on the Web Happy Tales reading program at animal shelter The Rancho Coastal Humane Society holds the Happy Tales reading program from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. April 20 for children age 6 and older to read aloud to the dogs, cats and rabbits at the animal shelter, 389 Requeza St. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 On their daughter Savannah Chrisley's Unlocked podcast at the end of March, the 26-year-old read some of her mother's letters from prison aloud, detailing the challenges of missing her family's biggest moments. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Attorneys for Jenkins and Parker read aloud their victim impact statements in court at each of the six federal sentencing hearings, but Parker opted to read his own in some of the hearings. Emma Tucker, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 Berhan’s plea agreement, read aloud by federal prosecutors in court, reveals new details not previously known to the public. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Some educators in the audience shouted for Hawkins to read aloud the names of those being cut. The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2024 In recent weeks, Francis has often turned his speeches and teachings over to an aide to read aloud. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Across the week’s hearings, Shabazz read aloud from statements Jenkins and Parker had prepared to ensure the court record – and the veteran federal judge’s decrees – might reflect their experiences. Emma Tucker, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 Madeleine Parrish The Arizona Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted and read aloud in public school classrooms. The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'aloud.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Middle English, from a- entry 1 + loud

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of aloud was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near aloud

Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition


: so as to be clearly heard
read aloud

More from Merriam-Webster on aloud

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!