Definitions for: Pronunciation


[n] the way a word or a language is usually spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
[n] the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*nun`ci*a"tion (?; 277), n. [F.
pronunciation, L. pronunciatio. See Pronounce.]
1. The act of uttering with articulation; the act of giving
the proper sound and accent; utterance; as, the
pronunciation of syllables of words; distinct or
indistinct pronunciation.

2. The mode of uttering words or sentences.

3. (Rhet.) The art of manner of uttering a discourse publicly
with propriety and gracefulness; -- now called delivery.
--J. Q. Adams.


ch soft, as in "church"
g hard, as in "got"
gh aspirated g+h of "bughouse" or "ragheap"
j voiced, as in "judge"
kh guttural of "loch" or "l'chaim"
s unvoiced, as in "pass"
zh as "s" in "pleasure"


a back, that
ah father, palm (see note)
ar far, mark
aw flaw, caught
ay bake, rain
e less, men
ee easy, ski
eir their, software
i trip, hit
i: life, sky
o block, stock (see note)
oh flow, sew
oo loot, through
or more, door
ow out, how
oy boy, coin
uh but, some
u put, foot
*r fur, insert (only in stressed
syllables; otherwise use just "r")
y yet, young
yoo few, chew
[y]oo /oo/ with optional fronting as
in `news' (/nooz/ or /nyooz/)

See Also: accent, articulation, assibilation, homophony, language, mispronunciation, oral communication, sibilation, speech, speech communication, speech pattern, spoken communication, spoken language, utterance, vocalization, voice communication

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