Pronunciation is defined as how you say a word.
An example of pronunciation is the difference in how many people say the word tomato.
- the act or manner of pronouncing syllables, words, and phrases with regard to the production of sounds and the placing of stress, intonation, etc.
- any of the accepted or standard ways of pronouncing a word, etc.
- the transcription in symbols of such a way of pronouncing a word, etc.
Origin of pronunciationMiddle English pronunciacion from Middle French pronunciation from Classical Latin pronuntiatio
- The act or manner of pronouncing words; utterance of speech.
- A way of speaking a word, especially a way that is accepted or generally understood.
- A graphic representation of the way a word is spoken, using phonetic symbols.
Origin of pronunciationMiddle English from Old French prononciation from Latin prōnūntiātiō prōnūntiātiōn- from prōnūntiātus past participle of prōnūntiāre to pronounce ; see pronounce .
cacoepy the habit of unacceptable or bad pronunciation. cacology 1. a defectively produced speech. 2. socially unacceptable enunciation. 3. nonconformist pronunciation. etacism the pronunciation of Greek eta like the e in be. —etacist, n. hyper-urbanism an overcorrected pronunciation or usage that attempts to mask guttural or provincial speech. nasalism a tendency toward nasality in pronouncing words. Also nasality. orthoepy the study of correct pronunciation. —orthoepist, n. —orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
(countable and uncountable, plural pronunciations)
- (countable) The standard way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
- What is the pronunciation of "hiccough"?
- (uncountable) The way in which the words of a language are made to sound when speaking.
- His Italian pronunciation is terrible.