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received pronunciation Syllabification: re·ceived pro·nun·ci·a·tion
(also received standard)

Definition of received pronunciation in English:


The standard form of British English pronunciation, based on educated speech in southern England.
Example sentences
  • Standard English at that time was British English with received pronunciation.
  • We should remember that Gladstone had a strong Merseyside accent, and that received pronunciation is largely an artefact of the broadcast era.
  • The Doctor is a scientist and an intellectual, and a lot of people seem to think you can only be those things if you speak with received pronunciation which, of course, is rubbish.
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