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From Middle English aloud, a loude (aloud), equivalent to a- +‎ loud or a- +‎ loude (sound).



aloud (comparative more aloud, superlative most aloud)

  1. With a loud voice, or great noise; loudly; audibly.
    speaking aloud rather than whispering
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
  2. Audibly, as opposed to silent.
    speaking aloud rather than thinking thoughts privately
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement.


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aloud (comparative more aloud, superlative most aloud)

  1. Spoken out loud.
    • 2004, James Anderson, The Art of God, page 176:
      When you are meditating with sound, it can be aloud or it can be silent



Alternative forms[edit]


Compound of al +‎ oud.


  • IPA(key): /ɑl.ɑu̯t/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: al‧oud


aloud (not comparable)

  1. ancient, time-honoured, from time immemorial
    • 2007, Paul Rutten, Digitalisering en dynamiek. Over de consequenties van de digitale revolutie voor de media-industrie, in het bijzonder de uitgeverij. Rede uitgesproken bij de aanvaarding van het ambt van hoogleraar Digitale Mediastudies aan de Universiteit Leiden op vrijdag 29 september 2006, Amsterdam University Press, page 10.
      De aloude en zeer persistente misvatting dat nieuwe media bestaande media overbodig maken, heeft menig investeerder aan het eind van de vorige en het begin van deze eeuw met aanzienlijke verliezen moeten bekopen.
      The time-honoured and very persistent misconception that new media make existing media obsolete, has incurred considerable losses to many an investor at the end of the previous century and at the beginning of this century.


Inflection of aloud
uninflected aloud
inflected aloude
predicative/adverbial aloud
indefinite m./f. sing. aloude
n. sing. aloud
plural aloude
definite aloude
partitive alouds

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