from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal and authoritative speech; an address.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formal speech, especially one which is regarded as authoritative and forceful.
- n. The question put to a convicted defendant by a judge after the rendering of the verdict in a trial, in which the defendant is asked whether he or she wishes to make a statement to the court before sentencing; the statement made by a defendant in response to such a question; the legal right of a defendant to make such a statement.
- n. The legal right of a victim, in some jurisdictions, to make a statement to a court prior to sentencing of a defendant convicted of a crime causing injury to that victim; the actual statement made to a court by a victim.
- n. A pronouncement by a pope to an assembly of church officials concerning a matter of church policy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or manner of speaking to, or of addressing in words.
- n. An address; a hortatory or authoritative address as of a pope to his clergy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A speaking to; an address, especially a formal address. Also written adlocution.
- n. Specifically— In Roman antiquity, a formal address by a general-in-chief or imperator to his soldiers. Such scenes were often represented in art on medals and reliefs, In the Roman Catholic Church, a public address by the pope to his clergy, or to the church generally.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
Latin allocūtiō, allocūtiōn-, from allocūtus, past participle of alloquī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin allocūtiō ("address") (Wiktionary)