oral Definition

  • 1relating to the mouth
  • 2spoken rather than written
  • 3given or done by word of mouth

Using oral: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "oral" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The oral exam will be held next week.

  • Example

    The doctor prescribed an oral medication.

  • Example

    She gave an oral presentation on the topic.

  • Example

    Oral traditions are an important part of many cultures.

oral Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for oral

Phrases with oral

  • sexual activity involving the stimulation of the genitals by the mouth, especially the tongue and lips


    Many people enjoy oral sex as part of their sexual experiences.

  • the collection and study of historical information using interviews with people who have personal knowledge of past events


    The museum has an extensive collection of oral histories from World War II veterans.

  • a cultural tradition that is passed down through generations by word of mouth, rather than being written down


    The tribe's oral tradition includes stories about their ancestors and their way of life.

Origins of oral

from Latin 'os', meaning 'mouth'


Summary: oral in Brief

The term 'oral' [ˈɔːrəl] refers to things related to the mouth, such as oral hygiene or oral medication. It can also refer to spoken language, as opposed to written language, as in 'She gave an oral presentation on the topic.' Additionally, 'oral' can refer to things communicated by word of mouth, such as oral traditions or oral histories.

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