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Dictionary Definition



1 the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
2 the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation" [syn: orthoepy]

User Contributed Dictionary



From pronuntiatio, noun of action from perfect passive participle pronuntiatus, from verb pronuntiare proclaim, from pro- for + nuntiare announce.


  • /pɹəˌnʌnsiˈeɪʃən/, /pr@%nVnsi"eIS@n/
  • /pɹəˌnaʊnsiˈeɪʃən/, /pr@%naUnsi"eIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
  • Hyphenation: pro·nun·ci·a·tion


  1. The standard way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
    What is the pronunciation of "hiccough"?
  2. The way in which a person sounds the words of a language when speaking.
    His Italian pronunciation is terrible.


standard sound of a word



  • laue: /pronuntsja'tsjon/


  1. pronunciation
  2. pronunciation, proclamation, manifest


Extensive Definition

Pronunciation refers to:
  • the way a word or a language is usually spoken
  • the manner in which someone utters a word
A word can be spoken in different ways by various individuals or groups, depending on many factors, such as:
  1. the area in which they grew up
  2. the area in which they now live
  3. if they have a speech defect
  4. their ethnic group
  5. their social class
  6. their education

Linguistic terminology

People are counted as units of sound (phones) that they use in their language. The branch of linguistics which studies these units of sound is phonetics. Phones which play the same role are grouped together into classes called phonemes; the study of these is phonemics or phonematics or phonology.

External links

  • Sounds Familiar? — Listen to examples of regional accents and dialects from across the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar' website
  • Howjsay — Enter a word to hear it spoken. About 100,000 words in British English with alternative pronunciations.
pronunciation in Catalan: Pronunciació
pronunciation in Czech: Výslovnost
pronunciation in German: Aussprache
pronunciation in Spanish: Pronunciación
pronunciation in Esperanto: Prononco
pronunciation in French: Prononciation
pronunciation in Korean: 발음
pronunciation in Icelandic: Framburður
pronunciation in Hebrew: הגייה
pronunciation in Kannada: ಉಚ್ಛಾರಣೆ
pronunciation in Limburgan: Oetsjpraok
pronunciation in Macedonian: Изговор
pronunciation in Dutch: Uitspraak (taal)
pronunciation in Japanese: 発音
pronunciation in Norwegian: Uttale
pronunciation in Polish: Wymowa
pronunciation in Portuguese: Pronúncia
pronunciation in Romanian: Pronunţie
pronunciation in Russian: Произношение
pronunciation in Simple English: Pronunciation
pronunciation in Albanian: Shqiptimi
pronunciation in Slovenian: Izgovarjava
pronunciation in Swedish: Uttal
pronunciation in Vietnamese: Phát âm
pronunciation in Turkish: Telaffuz
pronunciation in Ukrainian: Вимова
pronunciation in Chinese: 讀音
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