[ uh-loud ]
/ əˈlaʊd /


with the normal tone and volume of the speaking voice, as distinguished from whisperingly: They could not speak aloud in the library.
vocally, as distinguished from mentally: He read the book aloud.
with a loud voice; loudly: to cry aloud in grief.

Nearby words

  1. alopecia pityrodes,
  2. alopecia symptomatica,
  3. alopecia totalis,
  4. alopecia universalis,
  5. alost,
  6. alouette,
  7. alow,
  8. aloysius,
  9. alp,
  10. alpaca

Origin of aloud

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at a-1, loud

Can be confusedallowed allude aloud elude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aloud


/ (əˈlaʊd) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

in a normal voice; not in a whisper
in a spoken voice; not silently
archaic in a loud voice
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Word Origin and History for aloud



late 14c., from a- (1) + loud.

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