recitation


recitation

noun

  1. an act of reciting.
  2. a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.
  3. oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
  4. a period of classroom instruction.
  5. an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
  6. a piece so delivered or for such delivery.

noun

  1. the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
  2. something recited
n.

late 15c., “act of detailing,” from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) “public reading, a reading aloud,” noun of action from past participle stem of recitare (see recite). Meaning “act of repeating aloud” is from 1620s; that of “repetition of a prepared lesson” is first recorded 1770, American English.

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