[ loh-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ loʊˈkyu ʃən /


a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom, especially as used by a particular person, group, etc.
a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.

Nearby words

  1. locus standi,
  2. locust,
  3. locust bean,
  4. locust bird,
  5. locust years,
  6. locutionary,
  7. locutionary act,
  8. locutorium,
  9. locutory,
  10. lod

Origin of locution

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin locūtiōn- (stem of locūtiō) speech, style of speech, equivalent to locūt(us) (past participle of loquī to speak) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for locution


/ (ləʊˈkjuːʃən) /


a word, phrase, or expression
manner or style of speech or expression
Derived Formslocutionary, adjective

Word Origin for locution

C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak

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Word Origin and History for locution



"style of speech," early 15c., from Latin locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; way of speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak," from PIE root *tolk(w)- (cf. Old Irish ad-tluch- "to thank," to-tluch- "to ask;" Old Church Slavonic tloko "interpretation, explanation"). Related: Locutionary.

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