oracy

[awr-uh-see, ohr-]

noun

the ability to express oneself in and understand spoken language.

Nearby words

  1. oracle bones,
  2. oracles,
  3. oracular,
  4. oracularity,
  5. oracularly,
  6. orad,
  7. oradea,
  8. orae,
  9. oral,
  10. oral biology

Origin of oracy

First recorded in 1960–65; or(al) + (liter)acy

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British Dictionary definitions for oracy

oracy

noun

the capacity to express oneself in and understand speech

Word Origin for oracy

C20: from Latin or-, os mouth, by analogy with literacy

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