- a formal public speech, especially one delivered on a special occasion, as on an anniversary, at a funeral, or at academic exercises.
- a public speech characterized by a studied or elevated style, diction, or delivery.
- a formal public declaration or speech
- any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
- an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
n.late 14c., “prayer,” from Late Latin orationem (nominative oratio) “a speaking, speech, discourse; language, faculty of speech, mode of expressing; prayer,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin orare “to pray, plead, speak before an assembly” (see orator). Meaning “formal speech, discourse” first recorded c.1500.