Defining Discourse

  1. 1 archaic :  the capacity of orderly thought or procedure :  rationality

  2. 2 :  verbal interchange of ideas; especially :  conversation

  3. 3a :  formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject b:  connected speech or writing c:  a linguistic unit (such as a conversation or a story) larger than a sentence

  4. 4 obsolete :  social familiarity

  5. 5 :  a mode of organizing knowledge, ideas, or experience that is rooted in language and its concrete contexts (such as history or institutions) critical discourse

Source Merriam-Webster.com, 2017.