locution "style of speech," early 15c., from L. locutionem (nom. locutio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; way of speaking," noun of action from pp. stem of loqui "to speak," from PIE root *tolk(w)- (Cf. O.Ir. ad-tluch- "to thank," to-tluch- "to ask;" O.C.S. tloko "interpretation, explanation"). Related: Locutionary.

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  • Locution — Lo*cu tion (l[ o]*k[=u] sh[u^]n), n. [L. locutio, fr. loqui to speak: cf. F. locution. ] Speech or discourse; a phrase; a form or mode of expression. Stumbling locutions. G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] I hate these figures in locution, These about… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locution — LOCUTION. s. f Phrase, façon de parler. Cette locution n est pas bonne, est mauvaise. une locution basse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • locution — ► NOUN 1) a word or phrase. 2) a person s particular style of speech. DERIVATIVES locutionary adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from loqui speak …   English terms dictionary

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