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

  • n. The act of uttering; vocal expression.
  • n. The power of speaking; speech: as long as I have utterance.
  • n. A manner of speaking: argued with forceful utterance.
  • n. Something uttered or expressed; a statement.
  • n. The uttermost end or extremity; the bitter end.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of uttering.
  • n. Something spoken.
  • n. The ability to speak.
  • n. Manner of speaking.
  • n. The utmost extremity (of a fight etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of uttering.
  • n. Sale by offering to the public.
  • n. Putting in circulation.
  • n. Vocal expression; articulation; speech.
  • n. Power or style of speaking.
  • n. The last extremity; the end; death; outrance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of uttering.
  • n. The act of sounding or expressing with the voice; vocal expression; also, power of speaking; speech.
  • n. That which is uttered or conveyed by the voice; a word or words; as,the utterances of the pulpit.
  • n. The last or utmost extremity; the bitter end; death.

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

  • n. the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication


Middle English, from Old French outrance, from outrer, to go beyond limits, from Vulgar Latin *ultrāre, from Latin ultrā, beyond; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From utter +‎ -ance (Wiktionary)
From Old French oultrance. (Wiktionary)



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