Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to dictional: thesaurus


1. Choice and use of words in speech or writing.
2. Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.

[Middle English diccion, a saying, word, from Old French, from Latin dictiō, dictiōn-, rhetorical delivery, from dictus, past participle of dīcere, to say, speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

dic′tion·al adj.
dic′tion·al·ly adv.


(Phonetics & Phonology) of or relating to diction
References in periodicals archive ?
But when Frost says, finally, "And they, since they/were not the one dead, turned to their affairs," the word "affairs" carries a tremendous amount of dictional implication.
15) On the contrary: this is a poem that labors at its idiosyncratic dictional blend.
Keats's poem, then, is a romance that contains the seeds of its own demystification: the dictional and tonal hints throughout that are allowed to infect the poem with a skeptical attitude about the romantic vision of love implied by the St.