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Definition of "elocution" []

  • The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized. (noun)
  • A style or manner of speaking, especially in public. (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 "elocution" in a sentence
  • "Reader: Being able to read aloud, fluently and with expression and good elocution, is a very valuable thing."
  • "The provost at University of Michigan claims that they are too keeping up with changing times, after all - they have recently stopped offering majors in elocution and animal husbandry ..."
  • "On the stage they pronounce the syllables and words extremely distinct, so that at the theatres you may always gain most instruction in English elocution and pronunciation."