Origin of dictation
Examples from the Web for dictation
It is only when he is interfered with by European dictation that he ever vulgarizes his art or makes a mistake.
Then I will write out the charm from your dictation, he said.Charmides|Plato
The coffee-bags should be made from the stewards' dictation.Guide to Hotel Housekeeping|Mary E. Palmer
"I am very sorry I couldn't go on writing from dictation, Ma," sobbed Caddy.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
What you have just copied from the board is to be used for this dictation.Beginner's Book in Language|H. Jeschke
British Dictionary definitions for dictation
Word Origin and History for dictation
1650s, from Late Latin dictationem (nominative dictatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dictare (see dictate (v.)).