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pronunciation definition


This page has 8 definitions of pronunciation in English, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), and Middle French. Pronunciation is a noun. Examples of how to use pronunciation in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English pronunciation definition

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From Middle English pronunciacioun, from Middle French prononciation, pronunciation, from Latin prōnūntiātiō, noun of action from perfect passive participle prōnūntiātus, from verb prōnūntiāre (proclaim), from prō- (for) + nūntiāre (announce). Doublet of pronuntiatio.


  • enPR: prə-nŭn'-sē-ā′-shən, IPA(key): /pɹəˌnʌn.siˈeɪ.ʃən/, [pʰɹəˌnʌn.siˈeɪ.ʃən]
  • (UK) IPA(key): /prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃn/
  • enPR: prə-noun'-sē-ā′-shən IPA(key): /pɹəˌnaʊn.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ (common but proscribed, corresponding to the misspelling pronounciation)
  • (obsolete) enPR: prə-nŭn'-shē-ā′-shən, IPA(key): /pɹəˌnʌn.ʃiˈeɪ.ʃən/, /pɹəˌnʌn.ʃiˈeɪ.ʃʌn/[1]
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: pro‧nun‧ci‧a‧tion


pronunciation (countable and uncountable, plural pronunciations)

  1. (countable) The formal or informal way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
    What is the pronunciation of "hiccough"?
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] [2], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, →OCLC, page 211:
      ☞ This word [earth] is liable to a coarſe vulgar pronunciation, as if written Urth; []
  2. (uncountable) The way in which the words of a language are made to sound when speaking.
    His Italian pronunciation is terrible.
  3. (countable) The act of pronouncing or uttering a vocable.
    • 1831, Thomas Oughton, James Thomas Law, Forms of Ecclesiastical Law, page 62:
      The second part is the sentence, which is the judge's pronunciation upon a cause depending between two in controversy.



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  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 12.24, page 343.

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Interlingua pronunciation definition



pronunciation (plural pronunciationes)

  1. pronunciation
  2. pronunciation proclamation, manifest


Middle French pronunciation definition

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pronunciation f (plural pronunciations)

  1. oration; speech; talk (act of expressing a message verbally)
  2. pronunciation; pronouncement (of a verdict)
  3. pronunciation