What does the word utterance mean?

Usage examples for utterance

  1. Forgive me for giving utterance to what I believe myself to see and know; I will not proceed a step further in that direction. – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  2. I judge that you ask me for such an utterance, he finally said, as very few persons at any time have the right to expect of a man. – The Awkward Age by Henry James