[ je-stik-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ dʒɛˌstɪk yəˈleɪ ʃən /


the act of gesticulating.
an animated or excited gesture.

Origin of gesticulation

First recorded in 1595–1605, gesticulation is from the Latin word gesticulātiōn- (stem of gesticulātiō). See gesticulate, -ion
Related formso·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gesticulation


/ (dʒɛˌstɪkjʊˈleɪʃən) /


the act of gesticulating
an animated or expressive gesture
Derived Formsgesticulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for gesticulation



early 15c., from Latin gesticulationem (nominative gesticulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gesticulari "to gesture, mimic," from gesticulus "a mimicking gesture," diminutive of gestus (see gest).

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