from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
- n. A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a formal ceremonial speech
- v. To deliver an oration; to speak.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an important subject in a formal and dignified manner; especially, a discourse having reference to some special occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc..
- intransitive v. To deliver an oration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A formal speech or discourse; an eloquent or weighty address.
- n. A prayer; supplication; petition.
- n. Noise; uproar.
- To make an address; deliver a speech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instance of oratory
Middle English oracion, prayer, from Late Latin ōrātiō, ōrātiōn-, from Latin, discourse, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ōrātiō, from ōrō ("I orate") + -ātiō ("action (nominalizer)"). Cognate with orison. (Wiktionary)