from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art of public speaking.
- n. Eloquence or skill in making speeches to the public.
- n. Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.
- n. A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
- n. A Roman Catholic religious society founded in 1575 by Saint Philip Neri and consisting of secular priests.
- n. A branch or church of this society.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or forceful manner.
- n. Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.
- n. A private chapel.
- n. A large Roman Catholic church.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions.
- n. The art of an orator; the art of public speaking in an eloquent or effective manner; the exercise of rhetorical skill in oral discourse; eloquence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Oratoric: as, an oratory style.
- n. The art of an orator; the art of speaking well, or of speaking according to the rules of rhetoric, in order to please or persuade; the art of public speaking. The three principal branches of this art are deliberative, epidictic, and judicial oratory. See epidictic.
- n. Exercise of eloquence; eloquent language; eloquence: as, all his oratory was spent in vain.
- n. Prayer; supplication; the act of beseeching or petitioning.
- n. Pl. oratories (-riz). A place for prayer or worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)
Latin (ars) ōrātōria, (art) of speaking, feminine sing. of ōrātōrius, oratorical, from ōrātor, speaker, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.
Middle English oratorie, from Old French, from Late Latin ōrātōrium, place of prayer, from Latin, neuter of ōrātōrius, for praying, from ōrāre, to pray.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ōrātōria, from the feminine of ōrātōrius ("oratorial"). (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman oratorie, Middle French oratoire, and their source, Late Latin ōrātōrium. (Wiktionary)