[awr-uh-list, ohr-]


an advocate of oralism.
a deaf person who communicates through lipreading and speech.


of or relating to oralism.

Nearby words

  1. oral surgery,
  2. oral tradition,
  3. oral-formulaic,
  4. orale,
  5. oralism,
  6. orality,
  7. orally,
  8. oran,
  9. orang,
  10. orang-utan

Compare manualist.

Origin of oralist

First recorded in 1865–70; oral + -ist

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