utterance

1
[ uht-er-uh ns ]
/ ˈʌt ər əns /

noun

an act of uttering; vocal expression.
manner of speaking; power of speaking: His very utterance was spellbinding.
something uttered; a word or words uttered; a cry, animal's call, or the like.
Linguistics. any speech sequence consisting of one or more words and preceded and followed by silence: it may be coextensive with a sentence.
Obsolete. a public sale of goods.

Nearby words

  1. uttarakhand,
  2. uttaranchal,
  3. utter,
  4. utter a word,
  5. utter barrister,
  6. uttering,
  7. utterly,
  8. uttermost,
  9. utu,
  10. utuado

Origin of utterance

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at utter1, -ance

utterance

2
[ uht-er-uh ns ]
/ ˈʌt ər əns /

noun Archaic.

the utmost extremity, especially death.

Origin of utterance

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French outrance, oultrance, equivalent to oultr(er) to pass beyond (< Latin ultrā beyond) + -ance -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for utterance

utterance

1
/ (ˈʌtərəns) /

noun

something uttered, such as a statement
the act or power of uttering or the ability to utter
logic philosophy an element of spoken language, esp a sentenceCompare inscription (def. 4)

noun

archaic, or literary the bitter end (esp in the phrase to the utterance)

Word Origin for utterance

C13: from Old French oultrance, from oultrer to carry to excess, from Latin ultrā beyond

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Word Origin and History for utterance

utterance

n.

"that which is uttered," mid-15c., from utter (v.) + -ance.

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