[ ven-tril-uh-kwiz-uh m ]
/ vɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm /


the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy.

Origin of ventriloquism

1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium, equivalent to Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium) + -ism
Also called ven·tril·o·quy [ven-tril-uh-kwee] /vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwi/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ventriloquism



/ (vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm) /


the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
Derived Formsventriloquial (ˌvɛntrɪˈləʊkwɪəl) or ventriloqual (vɛnˈtrɪləkwəl), adjectiveventriloquially, adverbventriloquist, nounventriloquistic, adjective

Word Origin for ventriloquism

C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for ventriloquism



1773, from ventriloquy + -ism.

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