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Pronunciation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pronunciation n
  1. the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
  2. the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation" [syn: orthoepy]
Pronunciation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pronunciation \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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pronunciation'


Pronunciation refers to the way a word or a language is spoken, or the manner in which someone utters a word. If one is said to have "correct pronunciation", then it refers to both within a particular dialect.

A word can be spoken in different ways by various individuals or groups, depending on many factors, such as: the area in which they grew up, the area in which they now live, if they have a speech or voice disorder,

Syllables are counted as units of sound (phones) that they use in their language. The branch of linguistics which studies these units of sound is phonetics. Phones which play the same role are grouped together into classes called phonemes; the study of these is phonemics or phonematics or phonology. Phones as components of articulation are usually described using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

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