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[kol-uh-kwee] /ˈkɒl ə kwi/
noun, plural colloquies.
a conversational exchange; dialogue.
a conference.
Origin of colloquy
1555-65; < Latin colloquium colloquium
Related forms
colloquist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for colloquy
Historical Examples
  • Yet he never passed in at my door—never sat in colloquy with me until midnight.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • His lordship had been an ear-witness to part of the colloquy, very much to his edification.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I was bored by the length of the colloquy, and sat down on the table swinging my legs.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It was not an altercation; there was evidently nothing the least exciting in the colloquy.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • He did not invite his visitor to enter, and the colloquy between them was brief.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • And a bang of the window, as the head was withdrawn, finished the colloquy.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • The word to march interrupted the colloquy, and again we moved forward.

  • Powell did not know why it was he had resolved to keep his own counsel as to his colloquy with Mr Smith.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • It is a colloquy between the Master of the Universe and a Stranger.

  • Powell did not know why it was he had resolved to keep his own counsel as to his colloquy with Mr. Smith.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for colloquy


noun (pl) -quies
a formal conversation or conference
a literary work in dialogue form
an informal conference on religious or theological matters
Derived Forms
colloquist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin colloquium from colloquī to talk with, from com- together + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for colloquy

mid-15c., "discourse," from Latin colloquium "conference, conversation," literally "a speaking together," from com- "together" (see com-) + -loquium "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution). Meaning "conversation" is attested in English from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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