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[loh-kyoo-shuh n] /loʊˈkyu ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin locūtiōn- (stem of locūtiō) speech, style of speech, equivalent to locūt(us) (past participle of loquī to speak) + -iōn- -ion
1. See phrase. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for locution
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  • 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?”

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Their values are variable, rising and falling according to the individual and the locution.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • 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 Edward Eggleston
  • He thanked her, and took a mental note of the locution, inquiring in his turn when the rain had ceased.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Of course she was incapable of such a locution, and it was silly of him to have thought otherwise, even momentarily.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • I am very much mistaken if the locution does not occur elsewhere in Holmes.

British Dictionary definitions for locution


a word, phrase, or expression
manner or style of speech or expression
Derived Forms
locutionary, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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