Definitions for oratoryˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•a•to•ryˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-(n.)

  1. skill or eloquence in public speaking.

  2. the art of public speaking, esp. in an eloquent manner.

Origin of oratory:

1580–90; < L ōrātōria, n. use of fem. of ōrātōrius of an orator . See orator , -tory1

or•a•to•ryˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. a place of prayer, as a small chapel.

    Category: Religion

  2. (cap.) any of the Roman Catholic religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.

    Category: Religion

Origin of oratory:

1300–50; ME < LL ōrātōrium place of prayer . See orator , -tory2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oratory(noun)

    addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)

    "he loved the sound of his own oratory"

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. oratory

    1. Chin-music with Prince Albert accompaniment. 2. The lullaby of the Intellect. 3. Palaver in a Prince Albert.

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the art of speaking well in public.

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