Definition of oration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɔːˈreɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˈreɪʃn//
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a formal speech made on a public occasion, especially as part of a ceremony a funeral oration Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a prayer): from Latin oratio(n-) ‘discourse, prayer’, from orare ‘speak, pray’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: oration