Pronunciation is the way words are spoken. Sometimes you can tell where someone is from by their pronunciation of certain words. Pronunciation is one of the hardest parts of learning a new language.

Reading a language and speaking it are two very different things. If you know French but your pronunciation of French words is wrong, French people won’t understand you. In English, the pronunciation of some words varies, depending on where people are saying them. For example, Americans say “tomato,” and the Brits say “tamahto.” The word pronunciation comes from the difficult-to-pronounce Latin root pronuntiationem, which means “act of speaking” or "a proclamation.”

Definitions of pronunciation
  1. noun
    the manner in which someone utters a word
    “they are always correcting my pronunciation
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    assibilation, sibilation
    pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
    incorrect pronunciation
    the same pronunciation for words of different origins
    accent, speech pattern
    distinctive manner of oral expression
    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
    the conversion of a simple stop consonant into an affricate
    a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
    the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier
    nasalisation, nasalization
    the act of nasalizing; the utterance of sounds modulated by the nasal resonators
    a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels
    retroflection, retroflexion
    an articulatory gesture made by turning the tip of the tongue back against the roof of the mouth
    diction, enunciation
    the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
    syncopation, syncope
    (phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
    the articulatory process whereby the pronunciation of a word or morpheme changes when it is followed immediately by another (especially in fluent speech)
    indistinct articulation
    the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula
    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  2. noun
    the way a word or a language is customarily spoken
    “the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners”
    “that is the correct pronunciation
    synonyms: orthoepy
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    Received Pronunciation
    the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
    type of:
    language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
    (language) communication by word of mouth
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