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From Middle English pronunciacioun, from Middle French prononciation, from Latin pronuntiatio, noun of action from perfect passive participle pronuntiatus, from verb pronuntiare (proclaim), from pro- (for) + nuntiare (announce).


  • enPR: prə-nŭn'-sē-ā′-shən, IPA(key): /pɹəˌnʌn.siˈeɪ.ʃən/
  • enPR: prə-noun'-sē-ā′-shən IPA(key): /pɹəˌnaʊn.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ (common but proscribed, corresponding to the misspelling pronounciation)
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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 [] [1], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775, 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 something.
    • 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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pronunciation (plural pronunciationes)

  1. pronunciation
  2. pronunciation proclamation, manifest


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pronunciation f (plural pronunciations)

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