[ el-uh-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən /


a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public: The actor's elocution is faultless.
the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.

Nearby words

  1. elmira,
  2. elmo,
  3. elmont,
  4. elmwood park,
  5. elocute,
  6. elodea,
  7. elohim,
  8. elohism,
  9. elohist,
  10. eloign

Origin of elocution

1500–10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution

Related formsel·o·cu·tion·ar·y [el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjectiveel·o·cu·tion·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for elocution


/ (ˌɛləˈkjuːʃən) /


the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Derived Formselocutionary, adjectiveelocutionist, noun

Word Origin for elocution

C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak

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Word Origin and History for elocution



mid-15c., from Late Latin elocutionem (nominative elocutio) "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin, "oratorical expression," noun of action from past participle stem of eloqui "speak out" (see eloquence).

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