The definition of an oration is a formal speech given at a ceremony.noun
An example of an oration is the best man at a wedding ceremony giving a speech about the couple.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME oracion < L oratio < orare, to speak < IE base *ōr-, to speak, call > Gr ara, prayer
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- 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.