What does oracle mean?

Definitions for oracle
ˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr-or·a·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophet, prophesier, oracle, seer, vaticinatornoun

    an authoritative person who divines the future

  2. oraclenoun

    a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible

  3. oraclenoun

    a shrine where an oracular god is consulted


  1. Oraclenoun

    A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great authority.


  1. oraclenoun

    A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.

  2. oraclenoun

    A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.

  3. oraclenoun

    A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.

  4. oraclenoun

    A person considered to be a source of wisdom.

  5. oraclenoun

    A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.

  6. Oraclenoun

    A database management system (and its associated software) developed by the Oracle Corporation

  7. Etymology: From oracle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORACLEnoun

    Etymology: oracle, Fr. oraculum, Lat.

    The main principle whereupon our belief of all things therein contained dependeth, is, that the scriptures are the oracles of God himself. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 8.

    Why, by the verities on thee made good,
    May they not be my oracles as well,
    And set me up in hope? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    God hath now sent his living oracle
    Into the world to teach his final will,
    And sends his spirit of truth henceforth to dwell
    In pious hearts, an inward oracle,
    To all truth requisite for men to know. Par. Reg.

    There mighty nations shall enquire their doom,
    The world’s great oracle in times to come. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Oracleverb

    To utter oracles. A word not received.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    No more shalt thou by oracling abuse
    The gentiles. Paradise Regained, b. i.


  1. Oracle

    An oracle is a person or agency considered to provide wise and insightful counsel or prophetic predictions, most notably including precognition of the future, inspired by deities. As such, it is a form of divination.


  1. oracle

    An oracle, in general terms, refers to a source of wise counsel, guidance, insight, or prophecy often considered to derive from a divine or supernatural entity. Historically, it may refer to a priest or priestess who acts as a medium through which advice or prophecy was sought from divine beings in classical antiquity. In the field of information technology, an oracle is a system or program that helps in solving computational problems or determining the functionality of other systems by providing necessary answers or information. For example, a database system like Oracle Database. In philosophy and logic, an oracle can be a hypothetical device or entity able to answer questions with perfect correctness and completeness. Therefore, the definition can vary based on context.


  1. Oracle

    In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination. The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi in Greek. Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. In this sense they were different from seers who interpreted signs sent by the gods through bird signs, animal entrails, and other various methods. The most important oracles of Greek antiquity were Pythia, priestess to Apollo at Delphi, and the oracle of Dione and Zeus at Dodona in Epirus. Other temples of Apollo were located at Didyma on the coast of Asia Minor, at Corinth and Bassae in the Peloponnese, and at the islands of Delos and Aegina in the Aegean Sea. The Sibylline Oracles are a collection of oracular utterances written in Greek hexameters ascribed to the Sibyls, prophetesses who uttered divine revelations in a frenzied state.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oracle

    or′a-kl, n. the answer spoken or uttered by the gods: the place where responses were given, and the deities supposed to give them: a person famed for wisdom: a wise decision: (B.) the sanctuary: (pl.) the revelations made to the prophets: the word of God.—adj. Orac′ular, delivering oracles: resembling oracles: grave: venerable: not to be disputed: ambiguous: obscure—also Orac′ulous.—ns. Oracular′ity, Orac′ularness.—adv. Orac′ularly. [Fr.,—L. ora-culum, double dim. from orāre, to speak—os, oris, the mouth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. oraclenoun

    A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character; it was often against the Nations.

    The oracle on YouTube makes me think that she is talking directly to me.

    Etymology: Psyche

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on September 5, 2023  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oracle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oracle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of oracle in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Ives:

    IBM as well as other tech stalwarts such as Oracle, SAP, HP and Cisco face major headwinds as they adjust to this new cloud paradigm shift, which coupled with a cloudy IT spending environment have negatively impacted results.

  2. Geesche Jacobsen:

    The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services, we are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner.

  3. Caitlin na Houlihan:

    Has Vladimir Putin become a classical miracle, a chronicled obstacle, a conventicle oracle, a piratical spectacle, a manacled vehicle, a tentacled particle, a monarchical article, a cubicle receptacle, a monocled corpuscle, a pinnacled icicle or a trickled treacle?

  4. Kim Forrest:

    In many cases where Oracle Corp CEO has been very acquisitive, the next guy pares down and refocuses the company, and that is what I would be expecting with this change.

  5. Paul Valery:

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    A ostensive
    B tenebrous
    C askant
    D inexpiable

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