AskDefine | Define utterance

Dictionary Definition

utterance n : the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication [syn: vocalization]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. an act of uttering
  2. something spoken
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 237a.
      To know how one should express oneself in saying or judging that there really are falsehoods without getting caught up in conradiction by such an utterance: that's extremely difficult, Theaetetus.
  3. The ability to speak.
  4. manner of speaking


  • Mathematics and Poetry are... the utterance of the same power of imagination, only that in the one case it is addressed to the head, in the other, to the heart. — Thomas Hill


an act of uttering
something spoken
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: وته‌
The ability to speak
manner of speaking

Extensive Definition

An utterance is a complete unit of speech in spoken language. It is generally but not always bounded by silence.
It can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways. Note that utterances do not exist in written language, only their representations do.


utterance in Spanish: Enunciado
utterance in Galician: Enunciado
utterance in Japanese: 発話

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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