Definition: Pronunciation

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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).


pronunciation (countable and uncountable, plural pronunciations)

  1. (countable) The formal or informal way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
    The argument over the pronunciation of Palai never seemed to end, with some people putting the stress on the first syllable and others the second syllable, and even those who stressed the first syllable fought over how the first A should sound.
  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.

Derived terms

  • pronunciational
  • pronunciation dictionary
  • pronunciation respelling

Related terms

  • mispronounce
  • pronounce


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