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pronunciation Line breaks: pro|nun¦ci|ation
Pronunciation: /prəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of pronunciation in English:


[mass noun]
The way in which a word is pronounced: spelling does not determine pronunciation [count noun]: similar pronunciations are heard in Ulster
More example sentences
  • A dictionary is also a good resource for the proper pronunciation of words.
  • Her voice was a quiet growl, her pronunciation of each word a blunt edge ripping into him.
  • Read to children and have them read to you - they will benefit from word recognition and pronunciation.
accent, manner of speaking, speech pattern, speech, diction, delivery, elocution, intonation, modulation;
articulation, enunciation, saying, uttering, utterance, sounding, voicing, vocalization
rare orthoepy


The word pronunciation is often pronounced, by analogy with pronounce, as if the second syllable rhymed with bounce. This is not correct in standard English: the standard pronunciation has the second syllable rhyming with dunce. The correct spelling is pronunciation, never pronounciation.


Late Middle English: from Latin pronuntiatio(n-), from the verb pronuntiare (see pronounce).

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