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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A specialist in orthoepy, especially one of a number of 16th- and 17th-century scholars who proposed reforms of English spelling so that it would more systematically reflect pronunciation.

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  • n. someone who studies the way words are pronounced

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is skilled in orthoëpy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is skilled in orthoëpy; one who writes on orthoëpy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a practitioner of orthoepy (especially one of the 17th or 18th century scholars who proposed to reform English spelling so it would reflect pronunciation more closely)

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  • Can this be right? Can this be left? Can this be nounced?

    May 5, 2011

  • Check it out: "An orthoepist, in case you’re wondering, is a pronunciation expert, specifically someone who studies correct pronunciation (Greek orthos, right, correct + epos, word) and who issues opinions about how words are properly or improperly spoken."

    - Charles Harrington Elster, Wordnik’s new orthoepist, from the blog.

    June 18, 2010

  • “The dictionary proper incorporated often very substantial notes about words on whose pronunciations opinions were divided, frequently quoting a dozen or so other “orthoepists�? (an awkward, now fortunately largely discarded, word offered as pronounced /`ɔ�?θəʊepɪsts/ etc by the dictionaries) in doing so.�?
    Jack Windsor Lewis, in the blog entry “John Walker�? (2009-4-18).

    March 19, 2009