Definitions for utteranceˈʌt ər əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ut•ter•anceˈʌt ər əns(n.)

  1. an act of uttering; vocal expression.

  2. something uttered.

  3. manner or power of speaking.

  4. Ling. any speech sequence consisting of one or more words and preceded and followed by silence or a change in speaker.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of utterance:


ut•ter•ance*ˈʌt ər əns(n.)

  1. the utmost extremity, esp. death.

* Archaic..

Origin of utterance:

1350–1400; ME < OF oultr(er) to pass beyond (see outrage )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. utterance, vocalization(noun)

    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utterance(noun)

    the act of uttering

  2. Utterance(noun)

    sale by offering to the public

  3. Utterance(noun)

    putting in circulation; as, the utterance of false coin, or of forged notes

  4. Utterance(noun)

    vocal expression; articulation; speech

  5. Utterance(noun)

    power or style of speaking; as, a good utterance

  6. Utterance(noun)

    the last extremity; the end; death; outrance


  1. Utterance

    In spoken language analysis an utterance is a smallest unit of speech. In the case of oral languages, it is generally but not always bounded by silence. It can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways. Note that in such areas of research utterances do not exist in written language, only their representations do. In other fields it is medium-neutral and refers to any use of language in context. Uttering can also be a form of stuttering especially in the case of handicapped people. The word was coined on May 12, 1986 at the World Speech Convention.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'utterance' in Nouns Frequency: #2540


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