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[kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uh m] /kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm/
a colloquial expression.
colloquial style or usage.
Origin of colloquialism
First recorded in 1800-10; colloquial + -ism
Related forms
colloquialist, noun Unabridged
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  • Professor Mathews seems to have a special dislike for this colloquialism.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • There, Mr. Editor, you have a pleasing comminglement of romance and colloquialism.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Also, red-coats of old; whence lobster-box, a colloquialism for barracks.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Also a colloquialism for marque, as a letter of mart or marque.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "Not worth a stiver" is a colloquialism to express a person's poverty.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Thus far, however, the term has been merely a colloquialism, found only in the newspapers.

    Uncle Sam Albert Mathews
  • Rosalie, in a colloquialism of to-day not then coined, "had no use for them."

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • It's a colloquialism, comes from baseball, that's a sport we play.

  • It has passed out of the stage of mere slang to become a "colloquialism."

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
British Dictionary definitions for colloquialism


a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
the use of colloquial words and phrases
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for colloquialism

1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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