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



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪkʃn//
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  1. 1the way that somebody pronounces words clear diction
  2. 2(specialist) the choice and use of words in literature Wordsworth rejected poetic diction in favour of ordinary language.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a word or phrase): from Latin dictio(n-), from dicere ‘to say’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: diction