What does utterance mean?

Definitions for utterance
ˈʌt ər ənsut·ter·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. utterance, vocalizationnoun

    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Utterancenoun

    Etymology: from utter.

    He, with utt’rance grave, and countenance sad,
    From point to point discours’d his voyage. Fa. Queen.

    Of him I gather’d honour;
    Which he to seek of me again perforce,
    Behoves me keep at utterance. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Mine eternal jewel
    Giv’n the common enemy of man,
    To make them kings; the seed of Banquo kings!
    Rather than so, come, fate, into the list,
    And champion me to th’ utterance. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    ’Till Adam, though no less than Eve abash’d,
    At length gave utterance to these words constrain’d. John Milton.

    Speaking is a sensible expression of the notions of the mind, by several discriminations of utterance of voice, used as signs, having by consent several determinate significancies. William Holder.

    There have been some inventions, which have been able for the utterance of articulate sounds, as the speaking of certain words. John Wilkins, Math. Magick.

    Many a man thinks admirably well, who has a poor utterance; while others have a charming manner of speech, but their thoughts are trifling. Isaac Watts.


  1. Utterance

    In spoken language analysis, an utterance is a continuous piece of speech, often beginning and ending with a clear pause. In the case of oral languages, it is generally, but not always, bounded by silence. Utterances do not exist in written language; only their representations do. They can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways. In oral/spoken language, utterances have several characteristics such as paralinguistic features, which are aspects of speech such as facial expression, gesture, and posture. Prosodic features include stress, intonation, and tone of voice, as well as ellipsis, which are words that the listener inserts in spoken language to fill gaps. Moreover, other aspects of utterances found in spoken languages are non-fluency features including: voiced/un-voiced pauses (i.e. "umm"), tag questions, and false starts, or when someone begins uttering again to correct themselves. Other features include fillers (i.e. "and stuff"), accent/dialect, deictic expressions (utterances such as "over there!" that need further explanation to be understood), simple conjunctions ("and," "but," etc.), and colloquial lexis (everyday informal words).Utterances that are portrayed in writing are planned, unlike utterances in improvised spoken language. In written language there are frameworks that are used to portray this type of language. Discourse structure (which can also be found in spoken language) is how the conversation is organized, in which adjacency pairs - an utterance and the answer to that utterance - are used. Discourse markers are used to organize conversation ("first," "secondly," etc.). Lexis denotes the words being used in a text or spoken; these words can create a semantic field. For example, a semantic field of love can be created with lexical choices such as adore, admire, and care.


  1. utterance

    An utterance is a spoken word, statement, or vocal sound. It can be in the form of a fully-fledged speech, a simple sentence or even a single word. It is typically used to refer to communicative or expressive vocalization in the field of linguistics and communication studies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utterancenoun

    the act of uttering

  2. Utterancenoun

    sale by offering to the public

  3. Utterancenoun

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

  4. Utterancenoun

    vocal expression; articulation; speech

  5. Utterancenoun

    power or style of speaking; as, a good utterance

  6. Utterancenoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Utterance

    ut′ėr-ans, n. (Shak.) extremity, deadly contention. [Fr. outranceoutre, beyond—L. ultra, beyond.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utterance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utterance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of utterance in a Sentence

  1. Salman Rushdie:

    And so artists who go to that edge and push outwards often find very powerful forces pushing back. They find the forces of silence opposing the forces of speech. The forces of censorship against the forces of utterance, at that boundary is that push-and-pull between more and less. And that push and pull can be very dangerous to the artist. And many artists have suffered terribly for that.

  2. Edward Hubbell Chaplin:

    Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.

  3. Charles Spurgeon:

    You must be in fashion is the utterance of weak headed mortals.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I would have you direct the question to her, i probably won't be commenting on every single utterance that the candidates make. I think it's natural and proper for candidates to run on their own vision and their own platform.

  5. Maurice Druon:

    Number is the Word but is not utterance it is wave and light, though no one sees it it is rhythm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each form of life is a particular reverberation of Number.

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Translations for utterance

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  • كلامArabic
  • pronunciació, eloqüència, parla, enunciat, expressió, discurs, articulacióCatalan, Valencian
  • prohlášení, výrok, vyjádření, vyřčeníCzech
  • Sprachvermögen, Aussprache, Sprechfähigkeit, ÄußerungGerman
  • expresión, habla, enunciado, articulación, discurso, elocuencia, pronunciaciónSpanish
  • parole, expression, prononciation, émission sonore, déclaration, propos, articulation, énoncéFrench
  • თქმული, წარმოთქმა, გამოთქმა, ნათქვამიGeorgian
  • وته‌Kurdish
  • significatio, eloquiumLatin
  • taaluiting, uitingDutch
  • wypowiedźPolish
  • enunciado, expressãoPortuguese
  • vorbi, vorbireRomanian
  • [[мане́ра]] [[говори́ть]], ди́кция, выраже́ние, выска́зывание, произноше́ние, [[дар]] [[речь, [[дар]] [[слово, произнесе́ниеRussian
  • dar govora, rječitost, iskazSerbo-Croatian
  • söyleyiş, ifâde, konuşma, söyleme, telaffuzTurkish

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. fluster
    • B. lucubrate
    • C. suffuse
    • D. knead

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