- an act of reciting.
- a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.
- oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
- a period of classroom instruction.
- an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
- a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
Origin of recitation
Examples from the Web for recitation
Poindexter followed with a recitation of the Iran program filled with deliberate inaccuracies.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
She overslept and missed her first recitation yesterday morning.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She had no word ready when called on for a recitation herself.Her Father's Daughter
We sit patiently through a recitation in English literature.
The recitation, in truth, becomes the simple game of "hot and cold."
The first class in Geography is so large that we have not room in the recitation seats.The Teacher
- the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
- something recited
Word Origin and History for recitation
late 15c., "act of detailing," from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) "public reading, a reading aloud," noun of action from past participle stem of recitare (see recite). Meaning "act of repeating aloud" is from 1620s; that of "repetition of a prepared lesson" is first recorded 1770, American English.