- the act or result of producing the sounds of speech, including articulation, stress, and intonation, often with reference to some standard of correctness or acceptability: They are arguing about the pronunciation of “forte” again. His pronunciation retains charming traces of his early years in Ireland.
- an accepted standard of the sound and stress patterns of a syllable, word, phrase, etc.: He said the pronunciation of “curl” is [kurl] /kɜrl/, not [koil] /kɔɪl/.
- the conventional patterns of treatment of the sounds of a language: the pronunciation of French.
- a phonetic transcription of a given word, sound, etc.: The pronunciation of “pheasant” is [fez-uh nt] /ˈfɛz ənt/.
- Rare. an act or instance of declaring publicly; pronouncement: It was but the latest pronunciation of the political double-standard uttered in the course of this scandal.
- elocution or delivery.
- elegant speech; oratory.
- an act or instance of speaking.
Origin of pronunciation
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Contemporary Examples of pronunciation
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Historical Examples of pronunciation
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- the act, instance, or manner of pronouncing sounds
- the supposedly correct manner of pronouncing sounds in a given language
- a phonetic transcription of a word
Word Origin and History for pronunciation
early 15c., "mode in which a word is pronounced," from Middle French prononciation and directly from Latin pronuntiationem (nominative pronuntiatio) "act of speaking, utterance, delivery," also "proclamation, public declaration," noun of action from past participle stem of pronuntiare "announce" (see pronounce).