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1. The act or manner of pronouncing words; utterance of speech.
2. A way of speaking a word, especially a way that is accepted or generally understood.
3. A graphic representation of the way a word is spoken, using phonetic symbols.

[Middle English, from Old French prononciation, from Latin prōnūntiātiō, prōnūntiātiōn-, from prōnūntiātus, past participle of prōnūntiāre, to pronounce; see pronounce.]

pro·nun′ci·a′tion·al adj.


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) the act, instance, or manner of pronouncing sounds
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the supposedly correct manner of pronouncing sounds in a given language
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) a phonetic transcription of a word


(prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən)

1. the act, manner, or result of producing the sounds of speech, including articulation, stress, and intonation.
2. a way of pronouncing a word, syllable, etc., that is accepted or considered correct.
3. the conventional patterns of treatment of the sounds of a language: the pronunciation of French.
4. a phonetic transcription of a given word, sound, etc.
[1400–50; late Middle English pronunciacion < Latin prōnūntiātiō delivery (of a speech) =prōnūntiā(re) to announce, utter (see pronounce) + -tiō -tion]
pro•nun`ci•a′tion•al, adj.


See also language; speech

the habit of unacceptable or bad pronunciation.
1. a defectively produced speech.
2. socially unacceptable enunciation.
3. nonconformist pronunciation.
the pronunciation of Greek eta like the e in be.etacist, n.
an overcorrected pronunciation or usage that attempts to mask guttural or provincial speech.
a tendency toward nasality in pronouncing words. Also nasality.
the study of correct pronunciation. — orthoepist, n. — orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
assibilation, sibilation - pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
mispronunciation - incorrect pronunciation
homophony - the same pronunciation for words of different origins
accent, speech pattern - distinctive manner of oral expression; "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern"
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
2.pronunciation - the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
Received Pronunciation - the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"


noun intonation, accent, speech, stress, articulation, inflection, diction, elocution, enunciation, accentuation You'll have to forgive my bad French pronunciation.
sự phát âm


[prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən] Npronunciación f


[prəˌnʌnsiˈeɪʃən] n [word, language] → prononciation f


nAussprache f


[prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃn] npronuncia


(prəˈnauns) verb
1. to speak (words or sounds, especially in a certain way). He pronounced my name wrongly; The `b' in `lamb' and the `k' in `knob' are not pronounced.
2. to announce officially or formally. He pronounced judgement on the prisoner.
proˈnounceable adjective
(negative unpronounceable) able to be pronounced.
proˈnounced adjective
noticeable; definite. He walks with a pronounced limp.
proˈnouncement noun
an announcement.
proˌnunciˈation (-nansi-) noun
the act, or a way, of saying a word etc. She had difficulty with the pronunciation of his name.


نُطْق výslovnost udtale Aussprache προφορά pronunciación ääntämys prononciation izgovor pronuncia 発音 발음 uitspraak uttale wymowa pronúncia произношение uttal การออกเสียงคำพูด telaffuz sự phát âm 发音


n. pronunciación.
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The pronunciation of so terrible a name produced the usual effect among his auditors.
Also his quaint pronunciation of words was such a delight--and the phrases he would pick up and remember, the most outlandish and impossible things
It was English history: among the readers I observed my acquaintance of the verandah: at the commencement of the lesson, her place had been at the top of the class, but for some error of pronunciation, or some inattention to stops, she was suddenly sent to the very bottom.
Barsad," said Defarge, making it French by pronunciation.
At first Meriem had puckered her narrow, arched, little eye brows as though trying to force recollection of something all but forgotten which the new words suggested, and then, to her own astonishment as well as to that of her teacher she had used other French words than those in the lessons--used them properly and with a pronunciation that the English woman knew was more perfect than her own; but Meriem could neither read nor write what she spoke so well, and as My Dear considered a knowledge of correct English of the first importance, other than conversational French was postponed for a later day.
The upright old gentleman grew more upright when he met his son, buckrammed with immortal anger; he asked after Dick's health, and discussed the weather and the crops with an appalling courtesy; his pronunciation was POINT-DE-VICE, his voice was distant, distinct, and sometimes almost trembling with suppressed indignation.
Strictly speaking, the pronunciation of all words such as Liang, Kiang, etc.
He says he is German, my lord," replied Raoul; "but I doubt it, for his accent is bad and his pronunciation defective.
Eliot, at the close of his Indian Grammar, mentions him as "a pregnant-witted young man, who had been a servant in an English house, who pretty well understood his own language, and had a clear pronunciation.
The vulgar idiom made the pronunciation an-TONY's nose--and all this Charles briefly explained to Miss Emmerson and her niece by way of giving point to his own wit.
The gentleman, after looking towards me once or twice, politely accosted me in very good English; I remember I wished to God that I could speak French as well; his fluency and correct pronunciation impressed me for the first time with a due notion of the cosmopolitan character of the capital I was in; it was my first experience of that skill in living languages I afterwards found to be so general in Brussels.
First let us determine the question of right to the satisfaction of us both,” said the youth firmly but respect fully, and with a pronunciation and language vastly superior to his appearance: “with how many shot did you load your gun?