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[loh-kyoo-shuh n] /loʊˈkyu ʃən/
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.
Origin of locution
late Middle English
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for locution
  • 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.
  • The best locution in the city for a hot- and business property.
British Dictionary definitions for locution


a word, phrase, or expression
manner or style of speech or expression
Derived Forms
locutionary, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for locution

"style of speech," early 15c., from Latin locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; way of speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak," from PIE root *tolk(w)- (cf. Old Irish ad-tluch- "to thank," to-tluch- "to ask;" Old Church Slavonic tloko "interpretation, explanation"). Related: Locutionary.

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