verb (used with object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.

Origin of pronounce

1300–50; Middle English pronouncen < Middle French prononcier < Latin prōnūntiāre to proclaim, announce, recite, utter. See pro-1, announce
Related formspro·nounce·a·ble, adjectivepro·nounce·a·ble·ness, nounpro·nounc·er, nounpre·pro·nounce, verb (used with object), pre·pro·nounced, pre·pro·nounc·ing.un·pro·nounce·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·nounc·ing, adjective
Can be confusedannounce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pronouncer

Historical Examples of pronouncer

  • The name of this officer is equivalent to the pronouncer of doom or sentence.

  • He was the pronouncer who was not undertaking the way to have enough listen to every one.

  • Another name for judge was Dempster, the pronouncer of doom, a title which still exists in the Isle of Man.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • In Brookes' and White's Selwyn appeared with a twofold fame, that of a pronouncer of bon-mots and that of a lover of horrors.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society

    Grace &amp; Philip Wharton

  • He put away his stethoscope and smiled at Doggie, who regarded him blankly as the pronouncer of a doom.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

British Dictionary definitions for pronouncer



to utter or articulate (a sound or sequence of sounds)
(tr) to utter or articulate (sounds or words) in the correct way
(tr; may take a clause as object) to proclaim officially and solemnlyI now pronounce you man and wife
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to declare as one's judgmentto pronounce the death sentence upon someone
(tr) to make a phonetic transcription of (sounds or words)
Derived Formspronounceable, adjectivepronouncer, noun

Word Origin for pronounce

C14: from Latin prōnuntiāre to announce, from pro- 1 + nuntiāre to announce
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Word Origin and History for pronouncer



early 14c., "to declare officially;" late 14c., "to speak, utter," from Old French prononcier "declare, speak out, pronounce" (late 13c., Modern French prononcer), from Late Latin pronunciare, from Latin pronuntiare "to proclaim, announce; pronounce, utter," from pro- "forth, out, in public" (see pro-) + nuntiare "announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). With reference to the mode of sounding words or languages, it is attested from 1620s (but cf. pronunciation in this sense early 15c.). Related: Pronounced; pronouncing.

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