Definition of orthoepy in US English:



  • 1The correct or accepted pronunciation of words.

    • ‘According to Herodian - the ancient authority on orthoepy - the word should be pronounced as proparoxytone.’
    • ‘The name of the organization created to further Basic, the Orthological Institute, echoes such terms as orthodoxy, orthography, and orthoepy.’
    • ‘Some letters and combinations of letters depend in their orthoepy upon the etymology of the word.’
    diction, elocution, manner of speaking, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation
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    1. 1.1 The study of correct or accepted pronunciation.
      • ‘In addition to the subjects of Reading and Orthoepy, English. Grammar, English Literature, British History and Canadian History.’
      • ‘THE spoken word comes to the ear. It is a sound, and can be studied. The branch of knowledge that tells us all about it, is called orthoepy.’


Mid 17th century: from Greek orthoepeia ‘correct speech’, from orthos ‘right or straight’ + epos, epe- ‘word’.