spoken language

Definitions of spoken language
  1. noun
    (language) communication by word of mouth
    synonyms: language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, voice communication
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    Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
    negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
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    words
    the words that are spoken
    orthoepy, pronunciation
    the way a word or a language is customarily spoken
    conversation
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
    expression, locution, saying
    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
    non-standard speech
    speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
    idiolect
    the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life
    monologue
    a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
    charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
    a verbal formula believed to have magical force
    dictation
    speech intended for reproduction in writing
    monologue, soliloquy
    speech you make to yourself
    Beatitude
    one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)
    logion
    a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels
    calque, calque formation, loan translation
    an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language
    advice and consent
    a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making
    ambiguity
    an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
    euphemism
    an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
    dysphemism
    an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
    shucks
    an expression of disappointment or irritation
    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
    tongue twister
    an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly
    crossfire
    a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions
    phatic communication, phatic speech
    conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information
    exchange
    a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze
    an informal conversation
    gossiping, gossipmongering
    a conversation that spreads personal information about other people
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
    nothings
    inconsequential conversation
    commerce
    social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
    colloquy
    formal conversation
    argument, argumentation, debate
    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    rap
    voluble conversation
    rap session
    conversation in a situation where feelings can be expressed and criticized or supported
    second-hand speech
    overheard conversation (especially overheard cellphone conversation)
    table talk
    conversation during a meal
    telephone conversation
    a conversation over the telephone
    tete-a-tete
    a private conversation between two people
    deliberation
    (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
    panel discussion
    discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience
    post-mortem, postmortem
    discussion of an event after it has occurred
    public discussion, ventilation
    free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
    dialogue, negotiation, talks
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    anatomical, anatomical reference
    an expression that relates to anatomy
    southernism
    a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
    catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    axiom, maxim
    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    epigram, quip
    a witty saying
    adage, byword, proverb, saw
    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
    idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, phrase, set phrase
    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
    agrapha
    sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
    sumpsimus
    a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression
    baby talk, babytalk
    the developing speech of a young child
    baby talk, babytalk, motherese
    an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child
    accent, dialect, idiom
    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
    localism
    a phrase or pronunciation that is peculiar to a particular locality
    regionalism
    a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region
    telegraphese
    language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams
    vernacular
    the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
    argot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular
    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
    slang, slang expression, slang term
    informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar
    conjuration, incantation
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
    curse, hex, jinx, whammy
    an evil spell
    type of:
    auditory communication
    communication that relies on hearing
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