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[wel-spoh-kuh n] /ˈwɛlˈspoʊ kən/
speaking well, fittingly, or pleasingly:
The new chairwoman was very well-spoken.
polite in speech:
a well-spoken gentleman.
spoken in an apt, fitting, or pleasing manner:
a few well-spoken words on civic pride.
Origin of well-spoken
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for well-spoken


adjective (well spoken when postpositive)
having a clear, articulate, and socially acceptable accent and way of speaking
spoken satisfactorily or pleasingly
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