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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art of projecting one's voice without moving the lips so that it appears to come from another source, such as a dummy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from a dummy held by the ventriloquist, from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, art, or practice of speaking or uttering sounds in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from a distance, as from the opposite side of the room or from the Cellar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)

Etymologies

From Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ventriloquy + -ism. (Wiktionary)

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