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.

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

Examples from the Web for aloud

Contemporary Examples of aloud

Historical Examples of aloud

  • He did me the honor to repeat it aloud; but the Minister's answer was not heard.

  • You are all in a flush, now, and have lain down this sheet and said aloud: 'What an idea!

  • Then aloud he repeated the question, touching the bookmaker on the elbow.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Then she went in, but she said aloud to herself, "They're all for you—" and she whispered his name.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "It is certain that no one can have touched the bank-note in this office, sir," he said aloud.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for aloud


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper