oral

[ awr-uh l, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr- /

adjective

noun

an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given especially to a candidate for an advanced degree.

Origin of oral

1615–25; < Latin ōr- (stem of ōs) mouth (cognate with Sanskrit āsya) + -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

oral aural

Usage note

1. See verbal.
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British Dictionary definitions for oral

oral

/ (ˈɔːrəl, ˈɒrəl) /

adjective

noun

an examination in which the questions and answers are spoken rather than written

Derived Forms

orally, adverb

Word Origin for oral

C17: from Late Latin orālis, from Latin ōs face
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Medicine definitions for oral

oral

[ ôrəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the mouth.
Used in or taken through the mouth.
Of or relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, in which the mouth is the focus of exploration and pleasure.

Related forms

oral•ly adv.
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Science definitions for oral

oral

[ ôrəl ]

Relating to or involving the mouth.
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