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Meaning of colloquial by Wiktionary Dictionary



    1751, from earlier term colloquy ( a conversation ), from Latin colloquium ( conference, conversation ), from con- ( together ) + loqui ( speak ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈkə.ləʊ.kwil̩/, X-SAMPA: /"k@.l@U.kwil=/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kəˈloʊ.kwiəl/


    colloquial ( comparative more colloquial, superlative most colloquial )

    1. ( linguistics ) Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal .
    2. Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty .

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Explanation of colloquial by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

    2. wrote her letters in a colloquial style

    Definition of colloquial by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Colloquial a. [See Colloqui.] Pertaining to, or used in, conversation, esp. common and familiar conversation; conversational; hence, unstudied; informal; as, “colloquial intercourse; colloquial phrases; a colloquial style”. -- Colloquially, adv.

      His [Johnson's] colloquial talents were, indeed, of the highest order. Macaulay.