[ noun dis-kawrs, -kohrs, dis-kawrs, -kohrs; verb dis-kawrs, -kohrs ]
/ noun 藞d瑟s k蓴rs, -ko蕣rs, d瑟s藞k蓴rs, -藞ko蕣rs; verb d瑟s藞k蓴rs, -藞ko蕣rs /
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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路coursed, dis路cours路ing.
to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.
verb (used with object), dis路coursed, dis路cours路ing.
to utter or give forth (musical sounds).
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Origin of discourse

1325鈥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


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British Dictionary definitions for discourse


noun (藞d瑟sk蓴藧s, d瑟s藞k蓴藧s)
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 (d瑟s藞k蓴藧s)

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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