- a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom, especially as used by a particular person, group, etc.
- a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.
Origin of locution
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Examples from the Web for locution
He is hardly alone in using a locution that should nevertheless be retired, a charitable critic might have explained.Limbaugh's Latest Shameful Outburst
February 5, 2010
These words revived her moribund career, underscoring the truth that politics is mostly about locution, locution, locution.Health Care: A Critic's Index
December 25, 2009
He believes that the locution was "possibly imported from the southwest of Ireland."The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
We are likely to avoid the locution altogether and to say “Who was it you saw?”
Their values are variable, rising and falling according to the individual and the locution.
But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a hoss."
But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a boss."The Hoosier Schoolmaster
- a word, phrase, or expression
- manner or style of speech or expression
Word Origin and History for locution
"style of speech," early 15c., from Latin locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; way of speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak," from PIE root *tolk(w)- (cf. Old Irish ad-tluch- "to thank," to-tluch- "to ask;" Old Church Slavonic tloko "interpretation, explanation"). Related: Locutionary.