- The definition of an oration is a formal speech given at a ceremony.
An example of an oration is the best man at a wedding ceremony giving a speech about the couple.
oration definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English oracion ; from Classical Latin oratio ; from orare, to speak ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ōr-, to speak, call from source Classical Greek ara, prayer
oration definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
- A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
Origin: Middle English oracion, prayer, from Late Latin ōrātiō, ōrātiōn-, from Latin, discourse, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.