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locution

[loh-kyoo-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom, especially as used by a particular person, group, etc.
  2. a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.
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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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1. See phrase.
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Examples from the Web for locution

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Historical Examples

  • He believes that the locution was "possibly imported from the southwest of Ireland."

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • Their values are variable, rising and falling according to the individual and the locution.

    Language

    Edward Sapir

  • We are likely to avoid the locution altogether and to say “Who was it you saw?”

    Language

    Edward Sapir

  • But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a hoss."

  • But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a boss."

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster

    Edward Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for locution

locution

noun
  1. a word, phrase, or expression
  2. manner or style of speech or expression
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Derived Formslocutionary, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for locution

n.

"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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