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



BrE BrE//venˈtrɪləkwɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//venˈtrɪləkwɪzəm//
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the art of speaking without moving your lips and of making it look as if your voice is coming from another person Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from modern Latin ventriloquium (from Latin venter ‘belly’ + loqui ‘speak’) + -ism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ventriloquism