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

  • n. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
  • n. A style or manner of speaking, especially in public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art of public speaking with expert control of gesture and voice, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Utterance by speech.
  • n. Oratorical or expressive delivery, including the graces of intonation, gesture, etc.; style or manner of speaking or reading in public.
  • n. Suitable and impressive writing or style; eloquent diction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The manner of speaking in public; the art of correct delivery in speaking or reading; the art which teaches the proper use of the voice, gesture, etc., in public speaking.
  • n. Eloquence in style or delivery; effective utterance or expression.
  • n. Speech; the power or act of speaking.
  • n. Synonyms Elocution, Delivery. These words are quite independent of their derivation. Elocution has narrowed its meaning (see quotation from E. Porter, above), and has broadened it to take in gesture. They are now essentially the same, covering bodily carriage and gesture as well as the use of the voice. Elocution sometimes seems more manifestly a matter of art than delivery. See oratory.

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

  • n. an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture


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

Middle English elocucioun, from Latin ēlocūtiō, ēlocūtiōn-, from ēlocūtus, past participle of ēloquī, to speak out : ē-, ex-, ex- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.



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  • locution....locution...locution

    November 12, 2011

  • Latin, loquere, to speak; e, from Latin, ex, meaning from or out, to speak out? Any Latin scholars?

    August 9, 2008

  • Execution of eloquence.

    August 9, 2008