A discourse between a young student and her teacher.
- The definition of discourse is a discussion about a topic either in writing or face to face.
An example of discourse is a professor meeting with a student to discuss a book.
- Discourse is defined as to talk about a subject.
An example of discourse is two politicians talking about current events.
- communication of ideas, information, etc., esp. by talking; conversation
- a long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise; dissertation
- Archaic ability to reason; rationality
Origin of discourseMiddle English and Old French discours from Classical Latin discursus, discourse from past participle of discurrere, to run to and fro from dis-, from, apart + currere, to run: see current
intransitive verb-·coursed′, -·cours′ing
- to carry on conversation; talk; confer
- to speak or write (on or upon a subject) formally and at some length
- Verbal expression in speech or writing: political discourse.
- Verbal exchange or conversation: listened to their discourse on foreign policy.
- A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
- Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
verbdis·coursed, dis·cours·ing, dis·cours·es
- To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
- To engage in conversation or discussion; converse: “The two men walked around the city and discoursed on its antiquities” ( Michael Wood )
Origin of discourseMiddle English discours process of reasoning from Medieval Latin discursus from Latin a running about from past participle of discurrere to run about dis- apart ; see dis- . currere to run ; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural discourses)
- (uncountable, archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
- (uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
- (countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
- The preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
- (countable) Any rational expression, reason.
- (social sciences, countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
(third-person singular simple present discourses, present participle discoursing, simple past and past participle discoursed)