WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•ra•tion /ɔˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a formal public speech, esp. for a special occasion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•ra•tion  (ô rāshən, ō rā-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a formal public speech, esp. one delivered on a special occasion, as on an anniversary, at a funeral, or at academic exercises.
  2. a public speech characterized by a studied or elevated style, diction, or delivery.
  • Latin ōrātiōn- (stem of ōrātiō) speech, prayer, equivalent. to ōrāt(us) (past participle of ōrāre to plead, derivative of ōr-, stem of ōs mouth) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English oracion 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  speech. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discourse, declamation.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

oration /ɔːˈreɪʃən/ n
  1. a formal public declaration or speech
  2. any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin ōrātiō speech, harangue, from ōrāre to plead, pray



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