- A long, eloquent speech is an example of oratory.
- A small chapel used for private worship is an example of an oratory.
- the art of an orator; skill or eloquence in public speaking
Origin of oratoryME oratorie < LL(Ec) oratorium, place of prayer < L oratorius, of an orator (in Eccles. use, of praying) < orator a small chapel, esp. one for private prayer
- [O-]R.C.Ch. a religious society of secular priests, esp. that founded by Saint Philip Neri in 1564
Origin of oratoryMiddle English oratorie from Classical Latin oratoria
- The art of public speaking.
- Eloquence or skill in making speeches to the public.
- Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.
Origin of oratoryLatin (ars) ōrātōria (art) of speaking feminine of ōrātōrius oratorical from ōrātor speaker from ōrātus past participle of ōrāre to speak
- A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
- also Oratory a. A Roman Catholic religious society founded in 1575 by Saint Philip Neri and consisting of secular priests.b. A branch or church of this society.
Origin of oratoryMiddle English oratorie from Old French from Late Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer from Latin neuter of ōrātōrius for praying from ōrāre to pray
From Latin ÅrÄtÅria, from the feminine of ÅrÄtÅrius (“oratorial").
From Anglo-Norman oratorie, Middle French oratoire, and their source, Late Latin ÅrÄtÅrium.