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



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪskɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪskɔːrs//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (formal) a long and serious treatment or discussion of a subject in speech or writing a discourse on issues of gender and sexuality He was hoping for some lively political discourse at the meeting.
  2. 2[uncountable] (linguistics) the use of language in speech and writing in order to produce meaning; language that is studied, usually in order to see how the different parts of a text are connected spoken/written discourse discourse analysis
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the process of reasoning): from Old French discours, from Latin discursus ‘running to and fro’ (in medieval Latin: ‘argument’), from the verb discurrere, from dis- ‘away’ + currere ‘to run’; the verb influenced by French discourir.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discourse