What does the word oration mean?

Usage examples for oration

  1. The chief began a fierce oration. – Down the Mother Lode by Vivia Hemphill
  2. Mr. Webster naturally became the leader of the administration forces in the House, while the President on his side sought Mr. Webster's advice, admired his oration on Adams and Jefferson, dined at his house, and lived on terms of friendship and confidence with him. – Daniel Webster by Henry Cabot Lodge
  3. This was a carefully prepared, farseeing philosophical oration, in which the South was warned that the stars in their courses were fighting against slavery and that the institution took a step toward perdition when it appealed to lawless violence. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White