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noun
the pronunciation of British English considered to have the widest geographical distribution and the fewest regional peculiarities, originally the pronunciation of educated speakers in southern England and traditionally that used in the public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge universities, adopted by many speakers elsewhere in England and widely used in broadcasting. Abbreviation: RP
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Origin of Received Pronunciation

First recorded in 1865–70

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Received Pronunciation

noun
the accent of standard Southern British EnglishAbbreviation: RP
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