Definition of pronunciation in English:



  • The way in which a word is pronounced.

    ‘spelling does not determine pronunciation’
    ‘similar pronunciations are heard in Brooklyn’
    • ‘This, of course, further enhanced the divisions in speech and pronunciation between the north and south of England.’
    • ‘Like any other comparable dictionary worth its name, it does contain words, pronunciations, parts of speech, meanings and examples, which form the core of the volume.’
    • ‘It was an accent or a hiccup in her pronunciation that made all the difference.’
    • ‘I noticed the slightly different pronunciation, and spotted it as sounding French.’
    • ‘Expecting Frenchmen to alter their pronunciation of a French name would be ludicrous.’
    • ‘Correct pronunciation and proper use of words will enhance language skills.’
    • ‘A key point is that the primary coding scheme is based on pronunciation rather than on spelling.’
    • ‘After his pronunciation, they heard the front door open and voices echo down the hall.’
    • ‘An acronym, after all, is a word whose full meaning is concealed by its pronunciation.’
    • ‘You should speak it well, complete with the right pronunciation and intonation.’
    • ‘Read to children and have them read to you - they will benefit from word recognition and pronunciation.’
    • ‘When she told Joseph, he nodded, and corrected her pronunciation.’
    • ‘Her voice was a quiet growl, her pronunciation of each word a blunt edge ripping into him.’
    • ‘After reading, judges check on their pronunciation, accent, posture and eye contact.’
    • ‘A dictionary is also a good resource for the proper pronunciation of words.’
    • ‘Surely you are not going to allow the French to determine the pronunciation of English words!’
    • ‘The pronunciation of Chinese surnames can induce mild identity crisis.’
    • ‘This girl is so concerned with pronunciation, you almost can't get by the words to hear the music in the song.’
    • ‘Babies are also subjected to exaggerated pronunciation of vowels.’
    • ‘She heard it again, as she winced at the awful pronunciation of her last name.’
    accent, manner of speaking, speech pattern, speech, diction, delivery, elocution, intonation, modulation
    articulation, enunciation, saying, uttering, utterance, sounding, voicing, vocalization
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Late Middle English: from Latin pronuntiatio(n-), from the verb pronuntiare (see pronounce).