[ awr-thoh-uh-pee, awr-thoh-ep-ee ]
/ ɔrˈθoʊ ə pi, ˈɔr θoʊˌɛp i /


the study of correct pronunciation.
customary pronunciation (opposed to cacoepy).
Also Older Spelling, or·tho·ë·py.

Origin of orthoepy

1660–70; < Greek orthoépeia correctness of diction, equivalent to ortho- ortho- + epe- (stem of épos) word + -ia -y3

Related forms

or·tho·ep·ic [awr-thoh-ep-ik] /ˌɔr θoʊˈɛp ɪk/, or·tho·ep·i·cal, adjectiveor·tho·e·pist, nounor·tho·e·pis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orthoepy


/ (ˈɔːθəʊˌɛpɪ) /


the study of correct or standard pronunciation

Derived Forms

orthoepic (ˌɔːθəʊˈɛpɪk), adjectiveorthoepically, adverb

Word Origin for orthoepy

C17: from Greek orthoepeia, from ortho- straight + epos word
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