noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oraculum, from orare to speak — more at oration Date: 15th century 1. a. a person (as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak b. a shrine in which a deity reveals hidden knowledge or the divine purpose through such a person c. an answer or decision given by an oracle 2. a. a person giving wise or authoritative decisions or opinions b. an authoritative or wise expression or answer

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