a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom, especially as used by a particular person, group, etc.
a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin locūtiōn- (stem of locūtiō) speech, style of speech, equivalent to locūt(us) (past participle of loquī to speak) + -iōn- -ion

1. See phrase.
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locution (ləʊˈkjuːʃən)
1.  a word, phrase, or expression
2.  manner or style of speech or expression
[C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. locutionem (nom. locutio) "a speaking," from locatus, pp. of loqui "to speak."
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Example sentences
We suppose this locution has been chosen to play to college administrators penchant for strategic planning.
The locution may prove useful, or unavoidable, once in a while.
The hyphenated version appears to have been the first locution used by a court.
The complete record reveals that this statement was an error in locution rather than law.
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