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Definition of "locution" [lo•cu•tion]

  • A particular word, phrase, or expression, especially one that is used by a particular person or group. (noun)
  • Style of speaking; phraseology. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "locution" in a sentence
  • "Republicans, who have come up with the mid-term locution of "Pledge to America" to appropriate a populist tone, have meanwhile, called for an end of the "government takeover" of Fannie and Freddie and a "shrinking of their portfolios.""
  • "But we call a locution ˜proper™ when we use it according to the signification properly and principally given to it, and we call a locution ˜improper™ when we use it otherwise, although we legitimately can use it otherwise."
  • "The preceding locution is established Mazzinian; the following clearly mine."