discourse

[ noun dis-kawrs, -kohrs, dis-kawrs, -kohrs; verb dis-kawrs, -kohrs ]
/ noun ˈdɪs kɔrs, -koʊrs, dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs; verb dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs /

noun

communication of thought by words; talk; conversation: earnest and intelligent discourse.
a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
Linguistics. any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.

verb (used without object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.

to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.

verb (used with object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.

to utter or give forth (musical sounds).

Origin of discourse

1325–75; Middle English discours < Medieval Latin discursus (spelling by influence of Middle English cours course), Late Latin: conversation, Latin: a running to and fro, equivalent to discur(rere) to run about (dis- dis-1 + currere to run) + -sus for -tus suffix of v. action

OTHER WORDS FROM discourse

dis·cours·er, nounpre·dis·course, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for discourse

discourse

noun (ˈdɪskɔːs, dɪsˈkɔːs)

verbal communication; talk; conversation
a formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, such as a sermon or dissertation
a unit of text used by linguists for the analysis of linguistic phenomena that range over more than one sentence
archaic the ability to reason or the reasoning process

verb (dɪsˈkɔːs)

Derived forms of discourse

discourser, noun

Word Origin for discourse

C14: from Medieval Latin discursus argument, from Latin: a running to and fro, from discurrere to run different ways, from dis- 1 + currere to run
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