Definition of direct speech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


direct speech

BrE BrE//dəˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//dəˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
; BrE BrE//dɪˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
; BrE BrE//daɪˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
[uncountable] (grammar) Elements of a story
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a speaker’s actual words; the use of these in writing Only direct speech should go inside inverted commas. compare indirect speech, reported speech See related entries: Elements of a story
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: direct speech