ventriloquist

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/vɛnˈtrɪləkwɪst/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ven trilə kwist)


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ven•tril•o•quist  (ven trilə kwist),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who performs or is skilled in ventriloquism.
ven•tril′o•quistic, adj. 
  • ventriloqu(y) + -ist 1650–60

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ven•tril•o•quism /vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the art or practice of speaking with little or no lip movement so that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source.
ven•tril•o•quist, n. [countable]See -loq-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ven•tril•o•quism  (ven trilə kwiz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
    the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy. Also called  ven•tril•o•quy  (ven trilə kwiz′əm),USA pronunciation 
    • Medieval Latin ventriloquium, equivalent. to Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium) + -ism
    • ventriloqu(y) ( 1790–1800

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